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Zach Warren, Legaltech News: The Curious Case of the Hyphen in E-Discovery/eDiscovery

Wednesday, May 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Extract from Zach Warren's article "The Curious Case of the Hyphen in E-Discovery/eDiscovery"

I have something perhaps shameful to admit. I’m a hyphen truther. For years, I’ve planted my flag staunchly in that side of an important debate that has ripped through legal technology for years: Do you spell e-discovery/eDiscovery with or without a hyphen? I’ve corrected articles to read “e-discovery,” have debated about how to capitalize it in headlines, and listened as my peers staunchly rebuked my hyphenated ways.

As it turns out, my preferred method may not be the industry’s at large. In an informal poll I conducted via email and Twitter in April, more than half (54%) of 53 respondents said that “eDiscovery” was their preferred way to spell the term, compared with just 19% for the hyphenated version. An additional 27% said that it doesn’t matter, because it’s all “discovery” anyway!

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