Internet and web get capital punishment

Simpsons_Internet_Computers_Black_ShirtThe words Internet and Web are spending their last days as proper noun and will no longer be capitalised.

The changes go into effect on Wednesday with the new edition of the AP Stylebook, a manual followed by many journalists, offering a comprehensive guide to the usage of words, style, spelling and punctuation.

AP Standards Editor Tom Kent said that the argument for lowercasing Internet is that it has become wholly generic – like electricity and the telephone.

“It never was trademarked and is not based on any proper noun. “The best reason for capitalising it in the past may have been that the term was new. At one point the world ‘Phonograph’ was capitalised.”

Internet and Web will be joining the likes of website (formerly Web site) and email (formerly e-mail). Wi-Fi is expected to join them in the coming years.