RE: I/internet

Subject: RE: I/internet
From: "David Downing" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 16:34:13 -0500


<<I do not think that it has anything to do with whether using the
Internet is commonplace. IMHO, you take the train (not the Train)
because there are any number of trains. On the other hand, you use the
Internet (not the internet) because there is only one of it. (Just as
you cannot say "an internet".) Internet does not descrbe a category of
things, it is a proper name of a unique entity.>>

Agreed, it's something there is only one of, so that you can't choose
among various internets, as you can choose among various trains. But by
that figuring, wouldn't you have to capitalize "air," since you have to
say "the air"? Then, again, there's the air in the city and the air in
the country -- which are very different things.


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