Tuesday, October 26, 2004

I guess I could just turn Spell Check off

I warn you now, this might not be related but I thought it might spark something for someone else, or for me.

I was working on some homework and as usual I started to get frustrated with all of the stupid red lines that littered my paper. It made me think of the usual rant about spell check ruining my spelling. But this time one word caught my attention: "internet". Yes, poor old red-underlined internet. Why does spell check want me to capitalize "internet"? I have always thought of "internet" as being similar to the work "milk", or "refrigerator" (yes I haven't eaten supper yet). Is internet a proper noun, a brand name and I was just unaware of this? But I guess that would make sense because you don't really here of different brands of internet, just different brand companies selling access to it.

Secretly I wish there was a Microsoft conspiracy here, but unfortunately I suspect one of you is going to tell me that "Internet" is a brand name.


Blogger bumblepanda said...

On an unrelated, related note... DO NOT USE LIMEWIRE, the shareware program... I downloaded some Noam Chomsky lectures and some Sopranos, and one of them has destroyed my computer once and for all- erased it entirely, and replaced it with an extremely bizarre graphic that actually laughs at me when I turn on my computer... there is no start button at the bottom of the screen... no cntrl alt dlt option- just the laughing man, always laughing...

2:21 PM  
Blogger Allison Muri said...

Maybe Internet isn't a brand name; maybe it's just the proper name of a sentient or organic individual - say, like Harold.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Warren said...

So it is a conspiracy! I knew it.

Well I guess if you punched the Internet, it would probably tell you it hurt... in the form of SPAM. Ha, I wonder what the "It's practically extinct!" SaskTel kid thinks about that. I bet he is in on it.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Meshon said...

It's a contraction of the Extra Terrestrial International, kind of like the L5I for aliens instead of communists.

12:27 PM  

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