Publications rely on style guides to ensure consistent stylization of words and phrases, and while the practices of The New York Times are incredibly influential the publication has been slow to adopt some common terms relating to the internet and online life. With a revised edition scheduled to arrive next week, that's finally changing.
The Atlantic Wire has a roundup of changes to the style guide that were tweeted by various Times writers and editors. Among the most notable are the shift from "e-mail" to "email," dropping the dated "Web site" for the commonly used "website," and the open-armed embrace of "tweet" as a verb — although as political correspondent Amy Chozick mentions, Times writers are still instructed to stay away from using "friending" or "googling" in the same manner.
I'm pretty excited our new style guidelines allow us to "tweet" in NYT stories, "though we still shouldn't google or friend."— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) October 22, 2013
The changes are the result of the most comprehensive review of the Times style guide since 1999, standards editor Philip Corbett told The Atlantic Wire. "They are mostly modest updates and tweaks; nothing earth-shattering," he writes. There's even talk about the Times guide being released to the public, though that doesn't mean all concerns have been addressed. The Times will continue to capitalize "Internet," and for the time being at least, will continue to use "e-books" over "ebooks."