Writing for Business

Mar 15 2010   2:58PM GMT

How do you spell out .com?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Both the _______ domain and Site Director Margaret Rouse celebrate their birthday March 15.
a. dotcom
b. dot.com
c. dot-com

Answer: c, if you follow AP style.

Although you’ll see all three spellings online, if you want to be AP compliant, choose “dot-com.” The story is that they preferred that style over “dot.com” to prevent people from reading as “dot dot com.”

Hmmm… I just discovered another good reason not to use “dot.com.” Apparently some applications will consider it a URL all by itself and make it a link to nowhere. So, yeah, don’t bother clicking on that.

Alex J. Newman provides an AP style cheatsheet and glossary for Internet-related terms.

The SEO blog celebrates with a collection of dot-com trivia.

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  • Stevegs
    isn't the host location for dot.com at the end of a certain Alaskan bridge to nowhere?
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