Reader Ben Mottram contacted Sneak following the recent item
on the correct spelling of the term "email", which was spurred by online
pollster SamPoll.com asking the web at large to vote for "e-mail" or "email".
Mottram points to the handy Googlefight service, which employs Google results to settle such disputes without all the tedious hanging around involved in SamPoll's approach - which still hasn't delivered a verdict. And aside from proving that Sneak's own choice of spelling wins the popular vote, Googlefight also shows that amongst the profoundly word-blind, "e-mial" is a more popular misspelling that "emial", proving that the hyphen is doubly cursed.
Meanwhile another reader, William Sandison, suggests that since email is actually short for electronic mail, it really ought to have an apostrophe, not an ugly dash, to denote all those skipped letters. Somehow, Sneak doubts that e'mail is likely to catch on even among those pedantic punctuators who cuddle a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves come bedtime.
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