Monday, May 4, 2015

Capital I on Internet, please!

"Internet" is a proper noun.

Capitalize it.

I continue to see "blah blah blah on the internet and blah blah blah."

And "Experts say the internet is almost as good as sliced bread."

And "Someday the internet will be alive and will eat bananas and become constipated."

Oh? Really? And your article you wrote for a nationally-syndicated well-known news organization is too busy to do a simple proofread to catch this amateur mistake?

Oh. Okay. Well, I guess I have no choice but to stop reading your column and your publication. If you don't know to capitalize "Internet", what else don't you know?

I understand that the trend is toward Internet becoming a common noun (ie not capitalized), especially outside of North America. But the AMA and Chicago Manual of Style both say it ought to be capitalized.

One of my English Lit professors in college would give us a little talk each time he assigned a research paper. He said to make sure the paper is properly edited and proofread for spelling, typos, grammar, etc. He said that it was a matter of form versus content. The spelling, etc is the form; what you have to say is the content. If your form is bad, your reader cannot get to your content.

And yet every day on dozens of websites I continue to see cheesedick mistakes like internet vs. Internet.

Come on, people. You're better than that.

End of rant.

Carry on.

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