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From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 3, 2002, 1:23
Steg Belsky wrote:
> Ever since then i don't really understand why in english "i" has to be > capitalized, setting it apart from the other pronouns.
A convention left over from medieval handwriting styles in which a lower-case "I" could easily be confused with other letters, the same reason a dot eventually got added to the i, as a matter of fact. "Y" or "y" were also used. For what it's worth, I find all lower case merely ignorant-looking, rather than annoying. Same with things like "r" and "u" and the use of numbers as words (like "2" or "4"). I always use proper capitalization and (at least mostly proper) punctuation when typing, simply because it's been so engrained from learning to type by typing papers and assignments for school (plus it's how I write with pen/pencil anyhow) that it takes an effort of will NOT to capitalize! :-) No one's ever thought it was pedantic or anything to do so. Actually, I've noticed that some of my online friends have begun capitalizing more often since we started chatting. :-) I don't know if it's only when chatting with me, or if they do that when chatting with other people to, due to my influence. :-) -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42