Tag Archives: English language

A brief guide to apostrophes

Of all the grammatical errors that I encounter on a daily basis, the misuse of the humble apostrophe is certainly one of the most common. Whether it be simple mistakes such as confusing “its” with “it’s”, or the more fundamentally incorrect use of the apostrophe to reflect a plural, there seems to be a general misunderstanding of what an apostrophe actually means, and where it should be used. To address some of these issues, I’ve compiled this brief guide. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to post in the comments section below. Continue reading »

Should you capitalise the i in internet?

For many years, the question, ‘Should you capitalise the “i” in “internet”?’ has been a contentious one. Is the internet a singular ‘thing’, or is it more an abstract concept? Is the internet new and unfamiliar, or has it now become ubiquitous?

Certainly in the mid-1990s I would agree that there was a case to be made for capitalising the ‘i’ in internet, but now in 2013, it’s fair to say the argument has moved on. The internet is no longer solely the domain of the IT community – it is something we all have a part in, and something we can all (in the developed world at least) access as easily from our smart phones as we can from our laptops and desktop computers. Even the very young are now as familiar with the world of ‘online’ as they are with other technological wonders such as DVDs and Sky TV. Like it or loathe it, technology has become a fundamental part of our 21st century culture, and the way we interact with this technology, both in the way we use it and the way we talk about it has changed drastically from 10, 20, 30+ years ago when computers and computing technology was very much the domain of the ‘nerd’ or the ‘geek’. Continue reading »