Piddler on the Roof

July 8, 2002


As some of you will have noticed, the “current” Arlo & Janis strips running in newspapers and on the website GoComics are repeats. I had to take some personal time, but I selected for the week six strips I think you will enjoy, and I recolored them. New episodes will resume a week from today. For those of you out there like me, those of you with a background in writing and editing and those of you who are one of those pedantic people who drive others crazy, note the word “website” above. I have always written it as “Web site,” but I checked myself this morning and was informed that while “Web site” was, indeed, the most common spelling in the period immediately following the introduction of the Worldwide Web, it since has been overtaken by “website.” Apparently only stubborn old fools now spell it “Web site.” So, from this day forward, “website” will be the preferred spelling for website on this Web site.


24 thoughts on “Piddler on the Roof”

  1. I checked my file of messages I chose to save related to computers and both “web site” and “website” show up in 1997. Among the few earlier things I have relating to the web is a reference to “web pages” in 1994. (That’s the year I put up my personal site.)

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    • By my frightfully slapdash research this morning, I was given to believe both spellings have been around since the beginning, but “Web site,” for whatever reason, was anointed by such powers that be as the Associated Press.

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  2. Website web site….To each his own. Sometimes people argue about the silliest things. I always think that maybe when Americans and the world face a huge crisis, like we are currently, that people let go of silly arguments. And sometimes they actually do. Does it last???

    Of course not.

    I save my angst for people that spell lose: loose. One of my close friends from the UK does this and it doesn’t bother me because he is a great guy that really does a lot for humanity and a Brit’s version of spelling is often different from an American. Maybe I need to learn to treat others with the same consideration.

    I haven’t looked at today’s other comic strips, but I am sure that soon they will start embracing the new :normal”.

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  3. You can get a fast connection to the Internet if you are connected to the Ethernet. Most spell-checking apps will complain about a lower case initial “e”.

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  4. Dare I mention that the phrase is “World Wide Web”? The three Ws form the basis of Internet (yes, capitalized!) addresses everywhere. The World Wide Web even has its own consortium (W3C) that sets standards for these things.

    Signed,

    A technical writer who is also a pedant

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  5. My technical expertise is old… when it was invented, the Internet was the follow-on to ARPA-Net and included file transfer protocols, email protocols, and text markup language protocols (and other stuff, too). The World Wide Web (hence the common http://WWW.name.doman convention) was specifically a collection of text, images, and hypertext links on pages that had clickable links and allowed easy navigation. Internet had a capital “I” since it was a proper name. Lowercase internet just meant any connection of various networks and devices. That distinction is pretty-well gone these days. Web sites and Web pages were initially two words since the Proper noun Web (as a shortened form of World Wide Web) was used as an adjective to modify page or site. Today, webpage and website are both commonly understood nouns that stand on their own. It’s a shame that knowing that history is pretty much irrelevant now. 😀

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  6. I’m loving the word discussion this morning! It’s right up my alley. It’s also fun to see some new names here. Possibly people who are not usually at home with some extra time at their computers at this hour of a Monday morning? Keep your distance and stay safe, everyone.

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  7. Another that’s been with us for ages is: “could have” contracting to “could’ve” mutating to “could of”! Works with many verbs, not just could. Have seen it on this blog and elsewhere.
    Peace,

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  8. What do you call someone who does commentary at a ball game? A commentator, doing commentating. The one that I really can’t stand is “He pleaded guilty.” In my years in court pled worked very well. And when did they come up with nodding your head no and shaking your head yes.? Minor things considering, but “normal” is something not to be seen again in our lifetime and probably never.

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