Uncapitalizing The Internet

from the slow-news-week? dept

For a while now it actually has bothered me that the official spelling (at least according to various spell checkers) of "Internet" includes the capital "I". I had thought I was the only person being so anal, so I pretty much ignored it and stuck with the preferred "internet" spelling. However, it seems I'm not the only one. A professor is working on changing the common practice so that internet is spelled with a lower case "i". I think it looks silly with the capitalized I. He thinks that it suggests that the "Internet" is a brand owned by a company. A lower case internet suggests it's just a thing owned by everyone. His reason is better than mine. It seems to be quite a battle shaping up between those who like to leave it lower case and those who feel it still officially requires the capital I.
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    DV Henkel-Wallace, 30 Dec 2002 @ 10:57am

    Re: It makes a big difference

    I think common usage has gotten rid of the idea that there are many internets and then "the Internet". It may be important to you, but I don't think it matters to most people.


    Actually, given that the government is trying to make some special, "protected" internets, I think this distinction is increasingly important again.

    To overanalogise: just because common usage equates "muslim" to "terrorist" doesn't mean I'm willing to go along with it. And on this smaller issue too: a debasement of the language hurts us all.

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