Which do you prefer: e-mail or email? If you prefer the former and write for the Associated Press, expect for your knuckles to get rapped by a pernicious editor, as the AP Stylebook has just declared that â€œe-mailâ€ is no longer correct. From now on, we donâ€™t send e-mails, at least according to the AP; we send emails. The announcement comes through the AP Stylebookâ€™s official Twitter account, which notes: Language evolves. Today we change AP style from e-mail to email, no hyphen. Our editors will announce it at #ACES2011 today Email isnâ€™t the only change rolling out through the Associated Press today. Another big tech change for the AP is abandoning the space in cellphones and smartphones (it used to be â€œsmart phoneâ€ and â€œcell phoneâ€). The acronym of CPR is no longer clarified, and Calcutta â€” which everyone has heard of â€” will now be Kolkata, which no one knows. The changes go into effect at 3AM ET tomorrow morning. Itâ€™s worth noting, of course, that this is hardly a universal decree: the AP Stylebook is simply a list of guidelines the AP uses to make its own copy consistent. Newspapers do tend to follow the AP, but thatâ€™s just because most newspapers depend so much on AP content, and if they donâ€™t follow the Stylebook, their own content wonâ€™t be consistent. Itâ€™s a path of least resistance thing. I think Gizmodoâ€™s got a good take on this: Why is this such welcome news? Because language is catching up to technology. Because those videos of animals riding slightly larger animals you forward around arenâ€™t just â€œelectronic mailâ€ anymore, digital versions of what you stuff in a dark blue mailbox. Theyâ€™re now a form of communication unto themselves. Next up? E-books. E-paper. Get ready. Thereâ€™s becoming increasingly little point differentiating the electronic from the analog.