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October 22, 2004

The Internet

Alright, stop it. Some people have decided that it's cute, or something to pluralize the Internet, as in "I found it on the Internets." I first noticed this on Boing Boing (bad Boing Boing, no linky for you). Today i was listening to a podcast from Engadget (likewise, stinkers), where they repeatedly used it, in arch tones, stifling giggles and everything.

Who started this? Who thinks it's cool? The Internet is the network of all connected networks. To have two Internets, they'd have to be not connected, got it? Like one is on Mars, or something. So get over your coy abuse of terminology and use the right terms, okay? Also, unless you wish to have a midlife career change to soprano, don't let me catch you ever saying "the Interweb."


Posted by dpwakefield at October 22, 2004 09:59 PM


People are making fun of George Bush, who referred to "the Internets" in the last debate.

If you want to blame someone... he started it.

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at October 24, 2004 11:34 PM

I've gotten so used to W's malapropisms that it completely flew over my head. Still, I wish all the arch uses would just die...

Posted by: Donald Wakefield at October 25, 2004 12:25 PM