Benjamin Dreyer: When I started in the word business in the early 1990s, language seemed to be progressing at a reasonably measured pace. The World Wide Web’s arrival instigated an era, for language, of a World Wild West, he says. Some people — I was among them — strenuously resisted “email” and said it looked like it should be pronounced “eh-mail” He says the Post's stylebook now prefers “the web,’ and discourages using ‘the net’ at all, because that “hasn’t been a fashionable term since the Sandra Bullock movie of the same name came out.” The Internet/internet? Or was it the Web?
These days, I find, language seeks its own pace. Coinages pop up, introduce themselves and restyle themselves as they see fit. Online dictionaries do their impressively nimble best to keep up, as we all do. As to the genericized “internet,” I confess again: I was a holdout, for longer perhaps than