Good time of the day. I had been wondering whether or not I can shorten "The Internet"; thus, I went online and stumbled upon the word Tinternet in the urban dictionary. Can you please tell me is it plausible to use such a word in a formal context, or one should refrain from any shortenings what so ever, given the fact that this specific word is not even included in any authorized dictionaries like Oxford, M&W, etc.

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    What's wrong with the net a very widely used short form for the Internet ? Feb 19, 2020 at 15:39
  • People might say ' T'internet ' in a northern accent in the UK (definite article reduction) This has been used by Peter Kay in his comedy routines.
    – Smock
    Feb 19, 2020 at 16:21
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    Urban Dictionary is not a reliable source! Anyone can post there and a lot of it is made up nonsense: people often post definitions that they've made up themselves, or joke definitions.
    – Stuart F
    Feb 19, 2020 at 16:52
  • I would interpret "Tinternet" to mean the web where Tinder is operating.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 19, 2020 at 17:14
  • And then there's this:etsy.com/shop/Tinternet
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 19, 2020 at 17:26

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This is a deliberately joky slang word, like "intertubes" or "interwebz". It's not appropriate in a formal context and might not even be understood.


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