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Updog, Juggalos and “kk”: why the internet needs its own style guide

Luckily, one woman—Buzzfeed's Emmy J Favilla—has produced one

By Sam Leith   January 2018

Our new digital lexicon needs a style guide. Photo: Pexel

Internet: capital I or lower-case I? Internet or internet? No doubt Prospect’s stylebook has a ruling on the subject. But it’s a matter of some pride for BuzzFeed’s copy chief Emmy J Favilla that back in 2012, when the Associate Press Stylebook and most other arbiters were still insisting on a capital I, she ruled that the word should be lower-case on the unimprovable grounds that “well, capitalising it looked weird.” Last year APS belatedly came round to her point…

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