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    Default Capitalizating English

    I know the word English should start with capital. Whenever, I forget to capitalize it, my browser points out the error by underlining it in red. However, of late, my browser does not do it. Now I type "english", it does not show any indication of error there. Since English evolve everyday and a lot of relaxation made in it, I wonder whether this has relaxed. I got this doubt, in the context of one thread discussing about Internet has become internet.

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    Default Re: Capitalizating English

    There is no doubt. English needs to start with a capital letter.

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    Default Re: Capitalizating English

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    There is no doubt. English needs to start with a capital letter.
    There is no doubt that you have tried to create a new word, david11! 'Capitalizating' is a nice try but the word does not exist in Standard English. The correct AmE spelling for your thread title is 'Capitalizing English'. BrE arrives at the correct spelling quicker by using an 's' instead of a 'z'.

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    Default Re: Capitalizating English

    "Internet" became "internet" in the same way that "Hoover" became "hoover" (in BrE and when talking about a vacuum cleaner). However, the names of countries, their inhabitants and the languages remain proper nouns and, as such, must be capitalised at all times. Why your browser has stopped underlining the error is a mystery.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Capitalizating English

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    I know the word English should start with capital. Whenever, I forget to capitalize it, my browser points out the error by underlining it in red. However, of late, my browser does not do it. Now I type "english", it does not show any indication of error there. Since English evolve everyday and a lot of relaxation made in it, I wonder whether this has relaxed. I got this doubt, in the context of one thread discussing about Internet has become internet.
    My best guess is that you spelled "english" and your computer asked if you wanted to put such a spelling in its memory as a new word. If you accepted that request, the computer would not underline "english" as a misspelled word.

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    Default Re: Capitalizating English

    This sounds likely. You may say 'But I wouldn't have done that', but maybe the default answer - the one you get automatically if you press <RETN> - might be 'Accept and add to dictionary'. There may be a way of editing your dictionary - if you find it and do, you'll no doubt find all sorts of gubbins in there

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    Default Re: Capitalizating English

    Which browser do you use? I use a few and they all mark it as a mistake.

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