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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    Mike (profile), 30 Dec 2002 @ 11:14am

    Re: It makes a big difference

    Interesting. It's a good point, but I think you're confusing semantics with beliefs. Choosing whether or not to capitalize something is really a semantics thing, and I don't believe that has a big effect on how things are actually perceived or how they're used.

    As for the "debasement" of language, I'd argue that this isn't a debasement, but a modification that is more in tune with popular usage.

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