Here's another instance of this verbaige on CNN in 1993: I don't recall internet without the "the" being used by anybody in the UK in the early 90s. We just have to accept a certain amount of variability in these things. - Jupiter has many moons (each with their own name), Earth has one moon; Earth's moon is called the Moon. (Devil's Advocate) Well we write "the government" even when referring to a specific government. "Telephone" and "radio" are not proper nouns in your examples, unlike "the Internet," which refers to a specific internetwork. You capitalize it when you are thinking of it or emphasizing the word as a proper name for that astronomical body. I don't know if I've ever capitalized "web". > As we came to understand that the stars in the sky are other suns [...]. If "literally" now means "emphasized figuratively", what then would I say to use the old meaning? The problem with doing things this way is that you either 1.) [1]. I prefer to continue capitalizing “Web.” [UPDATE: April 2, 2016. There isn't a systematic rule as far as I know. However, follow whatever rule you want. ... capitalized, but not contained in quotes. Chicago hosts many exciting summer festivals, including the Chinatown Summer Fair. There are some areas where they gradually decrease the speed limit (often for roadworks) but I never came across any section for which the the speed limit was altered for, effectively, less than 8 seconds. On the other hand, words have specific meanings, and if we discard those for different meanings, what takes up the slack? I take less issue with web being written lowercase. For example, Facebook; Foursquare “Farmville” and similar computer games apps are an exception and should be in quotes. > It seems strange that "the President" is a proper name. In that case it’s comparable to the word Mountain in the Smoky Mountains or Mount in Mount Rushmore. being able to use local date formats and spellings in articles that relate to that locality. I have two more books with this usage if people want and I can dig up articles from newspapers too if needed. One confounding factor is that news articles were almost 100% written by people who had no knowledge or experience of the topic, and were almost universally as buttock-clenchingly awful as any article written on youth culture at any point in history. These things do matter. I think it strikes a good balance between prescription and flexibility, eg. When using "internet" as a common noun to refer to any other internetwork, you should not capitalize according to the rules of English grammar. Although 120km/h constant speed needs decent amount of variation of scenery if you don't want to fall asleep. Technical correctness is moot when the majority already (mis)understands a word's meaning. Readers of German have different expectations than readers of American english and a standards document probably ought to take those differences into account because the goal of journalistic writing is to communicate to a particular audience. Each discipline has its own specific conventions for determining which terms should be capitalized. I was 100% for the capitalization of internet until I read your comment. I guess that reflects how it's seen as a little more than just a corporation, if still a little less than a government agency. The Web is a thing. I think you've mistaken GP's clarification for. Nowadays even if they're still common names, a lot of public positions and institutions are capitalized by media, probably to show that they're more important than us, common mortals :-). Further Reading: When Should You Capitalize Historical Time Periods? 1 - I'm torn on how to handle the evolution of language. (My spell checker doesn't recognize "internets".). In your sentence, "the world" is also a proper noun, but you didn't capitalize it for reasons of style, like the sun or the moon. This can be quite noticeable when speed reading. Interesting, because Japanese is stereotyped as a very rule-following culture. Ironically, while reading very quickly your comment, I clearly stopped on Germain because it was different than the rest of the words (capitalized) ;-). My name is Erin. I believe I know who you are talking about. It is singular and unique, but "Car" is not it's name. 1. was there a push for the AP to not even use "internet (lowercase)" anymore, but go further, what the masses would call it - "Facebook"? As someone living in the UK, the missing presence of 40/50mph average speed regions for tens of miles was quite welcome. Next thing you know they'll tell us to stop capitalizing the Aristocracy. Seems like identical reasoning can be applied to many other nouns which are definitely not capitalized: Bad example, I'm afraid. They used to really suck, but have gotten better in the last five years or so because they have a lot of competition from high-speed rail and cheap airfares. The Internet is a specific global network - this word refers to the same single entity, unlike "telephone" and "radio". However, one can create other internets, and those are not capitalized. In a language that doesn't use capital letters so much, they stand out and whilst speed reading you do need to slow down a bit and figure out what's weird with the sentence being read. You use a computer (maybe even the computer - still lowercase - if you have only one in your home) to access the interconnected network of computers to which it is designed to connect via some network adapter and routing device, possibly with a signal modulator/demodulator in there somewhere). As you get used to certain capitalized words (names in a book, common large words, things like Internet) this speed bump decreases, but it's still there for people. It was just as much "the Internet" in 1993 as it is now. This whole conversation reminds me of the unwinnable fight to get popular media/culture to use "cracker", rather than the over-used and technically incorrect "hacker", when malicious black-hattery is afoot. It's His Hairness, right? Let’s commemorate the occasion by reviewing the guidelines for when to capitalize seasons, solstices, and equinoxes. Some proper names get a definite article, some don't. :). Venus and Earth differ significantly in the composition of their atmospheres. Incorrect language and imprecise thinking holds back those who do not clear their minds, preventing them from contributing themselves to the global project of progress. The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Can we also please put an end to the silly camelCaseNamingConvention, and use the much more clear underscore_naming_convention instead? B) It's cheaper to go by car once you have four people, even with highway fees and gas (most journeys in Japan aren't that long in terms of actual distance traveled, and normal cars are legally mandated to have very good fuel efficiency). 3. For AP writers, internet and web will no longer be capitalized. Sentences were structured like "you can get on internet with just a modem and a computer". There have been, and still are in some cases multiple internets. Click through to the article; you've literally restated one of the FAQs. There's often config like UNRESTRICTED -> 100km/h -> 80km/h -> 60km/h -> 100km/h. With regular ETC, going from Sapporo to its airport (New Chitose) is ¥1400. > Atmosphere should be capitalized when referring to the single, proper Atmosphere that most of us breathe. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website’s owner is strictly prohibited. But maybe that applies to social rules, not legal rules. It happens with large words too. Which brings me back to "Internet"--same argument from me: the style should follow that of the people to whom the word is most relevant, unless they are just ludicrously out of step with common usage. Venus and Earth differ significantly in the composition of their atmospheres. Let’s go hiking in celebration of the autumn equinox! One of my favorite funny ones is from an OOPSLA lecture where he says "arrogance in computer science is measured in nano-Dijkstras". One explanation I've heard uses analogy with other communication mediums. Germany is famous for its forest of street signs and speed restrictions on roads are very popular with the administration. 2. I am looking forward to the day that AP starts replacing the missing penultimate "e"'s in the poorly spelled names of companies that were too cheap to buy the correct domain name, like Flickr and Flattr. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 8.88. That's basically my thoughts on the matter too. Guideline 2: Capitalize references to seasons, solstices, and equinoxes if they’re part of a proper noun.2. In the US in particular the press seems to glory in using the wrong phrases and sounding utterly disconnected from whatever they are reporting on, AP Style alert: Don’t capitalize internet and web any more. It is amazing how strong people's opinions can be on something that is ultimately inconsequential. No. © Erin Wright, 2012–2020. Also antiquated terms like "cyberspace" never adopted an article. The sun is an ordinary star. Edit: they did make the right call with email though so there might be hope. . Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts. They're not saying capitalization is an "issue", they're merely saying it causes more cognitive load so should be reserved for things that really do give the reader more information. I'd argue that this fight had some success! I ask because I haven't seen "The Michael" or "The Germany". It seems strange that "the President" is a proper name. However, the terms. Says who? "Internet" used to be used without an article prefacing it. In my opinion, those are descriptive and are not in fact names. It seems even that what is or is not a proper noun is not self evident. But in real-world usage the word "internet" always refers to, That's exactly why you capitalize it - because you refer to a. Other stars aren't suns, they're stars with other names. It is not, however, my opinion. Your radio picks up radio signals, a form of wireless mesh network throughout the world (add in signal repeaters used for trunking systems, etc), and you access it with your radio. Next? Guideline 1: Lowercase general references to seasons, solstices, and equinoxes unless they start a sentence.1. Sensible defaults are not a harm to technical correctness or precision. If so I agree it's strange not to keep "the Internet". We only have one car. There's 5 videos and a photo from a book. "He's on cyberspace" not "the cyberspace". Kristen Hare is unlikely to win this year's prize. Ideally, you shouldn't be scanning it at all. I drove through Europe last year, including through several cities in Germany and encountered a lot of unrestricted autobahns. Maybe. Seek ye not consistency in the rules of the English language; that way lies madness. TBH my favorite way to travel is by highway bus. This myth may have been true 30 years ago, but if you go on any Autobahn today, you will find there's at most 5km, if at all, of unrestricted sections. End up dropping the caps semi-arbitrarily at some point or 2.) Eventually? In my personal library I have a 1993 book, "The Electronic Traveller: Exploring Alternative Online Systems"., On the technical front, I would think WAN/MAN/LAN would be the more proper technical terminology, right? Not an April Fools' joke. It's common usage to call other stars at the center of planetary system "suns". Stripping the Internet of its proper noun status could serve to help thwart attempts at declaring ownership over it, and help arguments to have it declared more globally as a common carrier. To quote the AP style guide, "AP capitalizes the proper names of planets, including Earth, stars, constellations, etc., but lowercases sun and moon.".