Chicago Updates: Stop Capitalizing 'Internet' and Hyphenating 'Email'

Mignon Fogarty
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Chicago Manual of Style Updates 2017

Big style news often breaks at the annual American Copy Editors Society (ACES) meeting, and this year is no exception. Carol Fisher Saller, the editor of the Chicago Manual of Style's online Q&A and @SubvCopyEd on Twitter, gave a presentation this morning about updates that will appear in the 17th edition of Chicago that will come out in September, and she didn't waste any time getting to the good stuff:

Internet will be lowercase.

Email will lose the hyphen.

People in the room reported that attendees cheered the news:

The 17th edition will also have recommended citation styles for Facebook and Twitter and other types of social media posts. 

This article will be updated if Saller announces Chicago is striking whom from the lexicon or accepting the singular they. (Update: Chicago is accepting the singular they in some situations. Whom is safe ... for now.)


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Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.