Punctuation marks in domain names?


When I wrote my post on international domain names a while ago, I was wondering whether ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) would eventually come up with linguistic guidelines for domain names. This thought emerged because of my (minor) annoyance with the incorrect use of punctuation and spacing in compound nouns in the Netherlands. In the English language, compound nouns do hardly exist (bath room or bathroom?). However, in domain names, there seem to be no limit to the (intentional?) misuse of spacing and hyphenation. Here are some examples I found:

  • keywordsextractor.com : Key word sex tractor or key words extractor?
  • machome.com: Macho me or Mac Home?
  • And here are some others without further explanation: penismightier.com, findtherapist.com, beatleshits.com and teacherstalk.com

It really makes you wonder whether these domain names have been carefully considered. In some cases, I really am in doubt and I feel an immediate urge to hyphenate. In other cases, I’m sure that the lack of punctuatioan is deliberate.

Check out dowebsitesneedtolookexactlythesameineverybrowser.com and you will find an immediate answer to this non-punctuated question……;-).