Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Capitalize Internet?

Any student who has acquired some basic knowledge of English grammar would tell you that you should capitalize proper nouns or any noun placed at the beginning of a sentence. But I have been wondering why we have to capitalize “Internet”? Is “internet” a proper noun or a common noun? According to Wikipedia, the Internet is defined as “a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide.” Still, it does not tell us why we need to capitalize “Internet.” Maybe it is capitalized because it has a prefix inter referring to the involvement of any two or more different things, places, or people. If it is so, then why don’t we capitalize “Solar System” or “The Sun”? After all, none in the conceivable universe is inescapable from being involved by its operation.

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