Is it Web site or website?

Future Perfect’s “Is it Web site or website?” states:

Since the World Wide Web is a proper
noun, we use initial upper-case
letters, as we would with your
surname, for example.

As for writing ‘Web site’ as one word,
it is true that this is seen a great
deal, but then, so is the spelling
‘recieve’ which is just plain wrong!

I disagree. Languages change over time, and I think ‘website’ has now become the accepted spelling. A Google search for ‘website’ returns almost 3 billion results, including the official website of the British Monarchy. If ‘website’ is good enough for Her Majesty, it’s good enough for me 🙂

What do you think?

Answer

As for writing ‘Web site’ as one word, it is true that this is seen a great deal, but then, so is the spelling ‘recieve’ which is just plain wrong!

They do not actually provide an argument against website as one word. The fact that orthographical errors exist at all is not exactly compelling evidence. Consider this evidence:

  1. Obviously, similar compound words exist, both in terms of use and official definition: streetcar, doorman, jailhouse. There are hundreds of these.

  2. As VonC mentioned, both “website” and “Web site” are offered in most dictionaries.

  3. Regarding capitalization, many words derived from proper nouns do not retain capitalization, e.g. narcissist, sodomy, atlas, echo, siren. This was touched on previously regarding days of the week.

I think it is safe to say that website is clearly used hands-down more often than Web site, so I think it should certainly be regarded as at least a valid variant. (And it is, by most authorities on standard English.)

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