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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Why do we capitalize the Internet?

Deb asked me "Why is the Internet capitalized?"

To which I replied, "Is it?"  I'd never paid attention, but then I'm not an English teacher.  Sure enough, a Google search reveals the Internet is usually capitalized.

I have no idea why. It's not a proper name, such as the name of a company, a country, or a person. We don't listen to the Radio, or watch Television, or read a Newspaper (even if that newspaper is The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal!)

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:10 AM

    Because it is indeed a proper noun. It is a place. Radio, television, or newspapers are not unique.

    The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are proper nouns since you are referring to a unique entity.

    Besides, English is a silly mongrel language with arbitrary rules.