Wired News Style Change Says Good-Bye to Upper Case "I"

WALTHAM, Mass. - August 19, 2004 - Terra Lycos (NASDAQ: TRLY), the global Internet Group, today announced the following information from Wired News (www.wired.com), part of the Lycos Network, and an award-winning daily news website that chronicles the internet and technology. In a recent editor's note, Wired News' copy chief Tony Long announced a stylistic change that has now been heard around the world. Wired News will no longer give the word "internet" upper case status. Asked why it ever became accepted to spell internet with an upper case "I," Long wrote, "True believers are fond of capitalizing words, whether they be marketers or political junkies or, in this case, techies. If It's Capitalized, It Must Be Important. In German, where all nouns are capitalized, it makes sense, but it makes no sense in English. So until we become Die Wired Nachrichten, we'll just follow customary English-language usage." Long further noted that the word Web will continue to be capitalized when part of the more official entity, World Wide Web. The decision for Wired News to drop the upper case "I" wasn't made lightly. "Style changes are rare since change plays havoc with consistency, but in the case of internet, web and net, a change in our house style was necessary to put into perspective what the internet is: another medium for delivering and receiving information," Long said. "This should not be interpreted as some kind of symbolic demotion. Think of it more as a stylistic reality check." As part of a company name or organization -- the Internet Movie Database, for example - Wired News maintains the "I" will remain capitalized. It will also remain capped in headlines, where Wired News style decrees that all principal words are capitalized. But now, by lowercasing internet, web and net, Wired News is simply giving the medium its proper due, according to Long. In a recent interview on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation, Geoffrey Nunberg, linguist at Stanford University, Chair of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, and author of Going Nucular: Language & Politics in Culture, commented that Wired News is on good ground to change internet from upper to lower case. Nunberg remarked on how accepted it was to capitalize radio in the '20s, and how common it was to see radio with a capitol "R" in magazines.

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Date: 2004-08-19