It is Just the ‘internet’ Now : it is ‘web’, sometimes ‘Web’ … big change here!

Wired has announced:

Effective with this sentence, Wired News will no longer capitalize the “I” in internet.

At the same time, Web becomes web and Net becomes net.

see why – and, Wired’s previous contributions to the lexicon?

I wonder, if/when, this will affect other publications … i.e., NYTimes, AP Style Book, etc.,? What do you think?


3 thoughts on “It is Just the ‘internet’ Now : it is ‘web’, sometimes ‘Web’ … big change here!

  1. Robert


    Hey Rich,

    Well, I’ll wait with you to see which wins out. I do not expect AP/NYT to change any time soon. 😉 So, you win! (for now)

    I posted that because it is one small aspect of a conversation I find myself having with colleagues, and even myself (that sounds kinda scary), re: style books and the ongoing effort of reminding students to try and avoid those “errors of fact, grammar and punctuation” we always whine about. I make them ALL the time in this blog and elsewhere, by the way.

    Thanks to waypath (below), I also found this from … it relates the feelings on this topic by someone in a large canadian corporate environment – he wanted to make the same change in their style book, but was rebuffed.

    And, thanks for commenting in my new lil’ blog.


    (edit) thanks to for this link to wired style … didn’t think about including the link – darnit!

  2. Richard B. Barger, ABC, APR

    You’re welcome, Robert.

    You don’t have to be Bill Walsh (“Lapsing Into a Comma”) or the
    late Theodore M. Bernstein (“The Careful Writer”) to know that
    language and style are always changing. But style and usage changes
    should, for professional communicators, be thoughtful rather than
    episodic or a nod in the direction of current popular parlance — or,
    as is most often the case, lazy use and misuse.


    Rich Barger, ABC, APR
    The Words Guy

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