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Poll: Regarding the INTERNET (18 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you capitalize the word "internet"?

  1. Yes, I always capitalize the word as Internet, and treat it as a proper noun. (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. No, I do not capitalize the word, writing it as internet, treating it as a common noun (7 votes [38.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 38.89%

  3. My treatment of the word varies based on context, or I have no consistent preference for capitalization (11 votes [61.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 61.11%

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#1 *Anastasia

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 07:19 AM

Growing up, I never capitalized the word "internet", nor had it ever occurred to me to do so. I would never have even thought to consider it a proper noun. It was not until Opera introduced an inline spellchecker in Opera 10 which marked the uncapitalized form as incorrect that I consciously became aware that some people considered it convention to capitalize it. At the time, it felt... wrong, somehow. I considered it to be a technology, or a medium, like any other, and would have at the time no sooner capitalized it than I would capitalize the words "telephone" or "radio". I began making a conscious effort to not capitalize it, because for some reason, once I became aware that there were differing conventions, the choice suddenly became much more noticeable.

Since then, however, something has changed in my subconscious. I'm not entirely sure what the change was, but slowly, it seemed as though my thought process reversed, to the point that I was seeing that there is, as it were, one Internet. The Internet. And since there is one Internet, and that is the name of this connection of networks, my mind kept telling me I ought to capitalize it, as if to differentiate it from the other internet[work]s that no one talks about, even as I still struggled not to.

Every time I have to type it, it becomes harder and harder to decide whether or not to capitalize it, and now it seems as though I struggle almost obsessively over this trivial dilemma. Sometimes, when I feel it is appropriate in context, I will even reword my sentence to use the less-ambiguously-capitalized World Wide Web instead (which is odd, since we oftentimes colloquially shorten this to the uncapitalized "web"), simply to avoid having to make a choice.

I fear it's driving me mad.

So, now that I've made myself sound perfectly crazy, time to get the input I came here for: how do the rest of you treat the word? Please do comment to explain your reasons, if any, for your choice.



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 11:25 AM

I don't capitalise it as I don't see a distinction between the internet and the Internet. Also, I wouldn't capitalise a wide area network or a local area network (WAN & LAN - internet is technically a WAN, btw). Also, the internet is a collection of internetworks. :P

Edit: I put an internet in your internet, so you can connect while you connect. :v

Edited by Imperator, 18 May 2014 - 11:27 AM.


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 04:33 PM

I don't capitalise it....hell I've never seen it capitalised ever, unless its the start of the sentance :P



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 05:09 PM

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I casually, and without thought type it 'internet' unless I have a reason not to. Either I'm speaking of it more formally, or I'm trying to invoke another meaning from the word. Making it a proper noun, and giving it capitalization vs (the standard) lowercase highlights its importance. It's a tool of communication. I know I will throw in an extra swear if I'm trying to invoke a certain feeling. If I'm trying to stress the importance of the word, or convey a different meaning than the standard way.

Perhaps I get too poetic. We could talk about how it affects the life of any one person, but I won't underplay the effect it has had on my Life.

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 06:21 PM

Formally it is capitalized, because it is a named object, even if it is one that only exists in a virtual world.  Thus it is "the Internet" just as it is "the White House" or "the Moon."  But in practice many people do not capitalize it.  I try to do so if I am writing formally, but in casual usage I am haphazard.



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 09:50 PM

Shit.

Your "The moon" example is good.

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 12:01 AM

Given my knowledge of networking infrastructure, internets are networks of networks. The Internet is the network of all networks, and therefore is special.



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 03:40 PM

Given my knowledge of networking infrastructure, internets are networks of networks. The Internet is the network of all networks, and therefore is special.

 

Or you can cover all bases and just lowercase it and uppercase it in the same line like above... :P



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:38 PM

InTeRnEt or iNtErNeT?



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:19 AM

INTERNET.



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 10:21 PM

cAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL.

bUT EVEN WITH CAPS LOCK YOU SHOULD STILL BE AWARE ENOUGH TO USE YOUR SHIFT KEY.

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 01:29 PM

This gravedig is brought to you by the New York Times, who yesterday joined the Associated Press in updating their style guide to specify that the word "internet" should be written uncapitalized.

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 02:14 PM

lets just throw everything in the wind and just do whatever i also like cookies and i think kiwi also likes them hey its pretty dark and rainy outside



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Posted 03 June 2016 - 04:19 AM

This gravedig is brought to you by the New York Times, who yesterday joined the Associated Press in updating their style guide to specify that the word "internet" should be written uncapitalized.

The NYT is incorrect. It is supposed to be capitalized, because it is a proper noun. That being said, I often leave it uncapitalized because I'm lazy. It's still wrong.



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Posted 03 June 2016 - 01:47 PM

My main question is, what makes it a proper noun? Who initially determined it was a proper noun, and for what reason?

Even assuming there's good reason for it initially, I'm not sure that holds up to time. Trademarks like styrofoam or scotch tape were originally proper nouns, but both are now suitably genericized to the point that they're no longer capitalized.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 05:33 PM

My main question is, what makes it a proper noun? Who initially determined it was a proper noun, and for what reason?

Even assuming there's good reason for it initially, I'm not sure that holds up to time. Trademarks like styrofoam or scotch tape were originally proper nouns, but both are now suitably genericized to the point that they're no longer capitalized.

No



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Posted 07 June 2016 - 01:17 AM

My main question is, what makes it a proper noun? Who initially determined it was a proper noun, and for what reason?
 

 

This is why

 

Given my knowledge of networking infrastructure, internets are networks of networks. The Internet is the network of all networks, and therefore is special.




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