The Associated Press has removed the hyphen from the word ’email’ in its style guide, and quickly followed that by saying ‘smartphone’ and ‘cellphone’ don’t need to be hyphenated either. To be honest, I think it makes perfect sense, but the internet purists seem to be quite concerned. As Paul Carr says here,
For an Internet purist like me, this is starting to look like a worrying escalation: a sign that the once-staid AP might be losing their heads in the Internet age.
Yup, ‘homepage’, ‘internet’ with a small ‘i’ – it’s all coming, like it or not! I don’t think people born post-1990 will think it could ever have been otherwise.
Reminds me of a hilarious video I only saw yesterday: