WhatsApp went back to changing the spelling of online status in the Android version. On Google's platform and WhatsApp Web, the messenger had started displaying "online", with hfen (-) in the middle of the word. According to reports on social networks, the mobile version of the application adopted again the old form from this Tuesday (19).
The change, which did not affect the iPhone app (iOS), was not well received by some users. O TechTudo He contacted WhatsApp staff to understand the reasons for the change, but got no feedback until this issue was published.
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WhatsApp started to display "online" on Android, but came back later Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo
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According to some dictionaries and the Portuguese Language Orthographic Vocabulary (VOLP) of the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL), the correct spelling of the word "online", with the separation. It is widely accepted, however, to write "online" all together.
In English, the source language of the term, online spelling is considered correct, according to the Cambridge Dictionary. When the word came, with the rise of personal computers and the Internet, the original writing was "online" with the hfen, but the form eventually fell out of favor.
WhatsApp Web still displays the word 'online' Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo
Twitter users noticed the messenger change, and made joking complaints. It is not yet known whether WhatsApp's goal is to gradually expand the change and whether "online" status will reach iPhone users (iOS) or return to Android. WhatsApp Web continues to show separate spelling.
Check out some Twitter user reports about the change:
bother me whatsapp now write "online" instead of "online"
– November 16, 2019
Online turned online again on whatsapp. I found it relevant to comment.
– November 18, 2019
Apparently Whatsapp went back in that change that changed from "online" to "online". Thank you, that hfen was really bothering me
– November 19, 2019
Slightly bothered by WhatsApp Web showing online instead of online
– November 19, 2019
Via VOLP, Cambridge Dictionary
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