After years of debate on what the proper way of referring to the world wide web is – is it Internet or internet – the debate is settled and soon you’ll refer to the Internet as the internet.
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This “downgrade” from capital letter to lower case status comes from The Associated Press’s stylebook. The official change from capitalisation to lower case will be effective from 01 June 2016:
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2016
Web will also not be capitalised anymore, with 250 other changes taking place on 01 June 2016, including:
- “Voicemail” is one word;
- Mistress gets a definition: “a woman who has a long-term sexual relationship with, and is financially supported by, a man who is married to someone else … phrasing that acknowledges both people in the relationship is preferred“;
- The use of “cross-dresser” instead of “transvestite” is encouraged;
- “Spokeswoman” and “spokesman” will be replaced by “spokesperson“;
- “Disk Jockey” is officially shortened to “DJ“; and more.