[LINK] It's Just the 'internet' Now
rick at praxis.com.au
Fri Aug 20 03:23:24 EST 2004
Ivan Trundle wrote:
> ask a thousand Joe Bloggs to describe what the internet is
Re-read the above. Using the definite article on an abstract or
generalised concept makes it at once unique and concrete. "the internet"
is distinguished from "an internet" ... there can only be one. Just
as there is only one "the telephone system" and "the government"
compared to "a telephone system" and "a government". There is no
reason to also capitalise it - and there never was :)
> Familiarity and use often decapitalises nouns: even personal names -
> think of braille or shrapnel, and boycotted.
AFAIK "decapitalises" is not an English word, and is so jarringly close
to "decapitates" that I strongly urge its author to cease and desist
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