[Ads-l] internet, v.

Stanton McCandlish smccandlish at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 10 20:45:51 EDT 2020


On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 11:37 AM Mark Mandel <markamandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> Conceivable, but doubtful. Have you ever heard or read "inter-network"? I
> haven't, and I've been on it since it was just ARPAnet.


Sure; it's quite common, as shown by a few seconds on Google:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22to+internetwork%22+OR+%22to+inter-network%22+OR+%22our+internetworking%22+OR+%22our+inter-networking%22+OR+%22your+internetworking%22+OR+%22your+inter-networking%22&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS797US797&oq=%22to+internetwork%22+OR+%22to+inter-network%22+OR+%22our+internetworking%22+OR+%22our+inter-networking%22+OR+%22your+internetworking%22+OR+%22your+inter-networking%22&aqs=chrome..69i57.42484j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

The plain-ol' verb is used frequently, as are participial and gerundive
derivatives.

It's not the sort of thing people say to each other conversationally very
often, but it's frequent in tech-industry writing, which is a pretty
obvious vector for the short form "to internet".  That said, I would think
the *majority* of this verbal usage is run-of-the-mill "verbing" of the
noun phrase *the Internet* by non-tech people, through the same process as
that which produced *to Google*.

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