A reader commenting on my e-mail post brought my attention to a term I’d not heard before:
It will end up simply as book, but before that happens it will be ebook—just as email ended up as email. eBook looks entirely too corporate to me, and I doubt if the general writing public will ever adopt camel case for anyThing, ever.
Camel case, also appropriately spelled CamelCase, is the practice of writing a word with a capital inside it. For example:
The name comes from the fact that the uppercase letter makes a “hump” in the word.
The Wiki article gives a long list of other terms for this practice. Here are a few: BumpyCaps, CamelBack, CamelCaps, CapWords, mixedCase, and RollerCoasterCaps.
I have to agree that words written that way are a bit too cutesy to survive as real words.
That’s not to say there is no practical use for the mingling of upper- and lowercase letters. For example, in chemistry: NaCl, AgF, BaSe, etc.
As for the e-book poll, 326 DWT readers voted. The form e-book received 50% of the votes. The CamelCase version eBook came in second at 26%.