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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
Well this is a huge off-topic but anyway...
How do you people manage to write capital I every time when used as a personal pronoun (as in I'm) ?
Is that a habbit acquired from first schooling days (as starting new sentence with a capital) or do you use spell checker which automatically capitalize single 'i's ?
It just comes so unnutarl to me to write capital 'i's. I have to think of it all the time, and even when I do i always have couple of "'i'm" or "i did..."
Also does it strike you as odd when you come across "' i have been..." instead of " I have been..."
>> "Is that a habbit acquired from first schooling days [..]"
Frankly, there's no good reason to use "I" instead of "i" (other than the fact that the capitalized "I" has been used in English writing for several centuries). English is a screwy language.
Here's a good article on why we capitalize "I": http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03wwln-guestsafire-t.html?_r=0
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Just get some software that auto-corrects "i" to "I" when it is the entire word.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
>does it strike you as odd when you come across "' i have been..." instead of " I have been..."
Yes. It looks obviously wrong. Not as willfully wrong as "mY namE is", but wrong. One sees it a fair bit in email, texts, internet, so the sense of wrongness has been eroded to some degree. Yes, this is inculcated into English speakers early on (whereas I occasionally still make maddening homophone errors in writing, I *never* write "i" when it should be "I").
I would be put off if I saw product copy that used "i" in this way.
If you're writing long hand it's no more trouble.
I assume you're talking of the inconvenience in pressing the shift key.
I understand that it can be even more painful on some cell phones, which make mixed case difficult. I'll never get a cell phone though so I don't know anything about that but what I've heard - typing on a dinky keyboard would just exacerbate my carpal tunnel no doubt. What horrors.
I do find it slightly annoying to use shift all the time. I often have to back space and retype, but usually not for I. I don't look at the keyboard to type, but I do look at the screen.
Historically, "shitloads" of nouns were capitalized in English. A lot of it has been dropped as the language was regularized as part of the cult of converting schools to Prussian military training academies teaching the sheeple to be compliant and obedient.
Consider all the morons out there who think that "they" is not a legitimate neutral singular pronoun because some ignorant "teacher" told them that.
Look at this:
> When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
> In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
That is completely normal English language punctuation.
Not only that but there were schools in rural regions teaching that style of capitalization right up until the Federal Department of Education managed to get their sticky fingers in there and normalize and regulate everything.
Anybody else notice how on the main BOS page that lists posts, every single poster (well, that I looked from scanning for a few seconds) capitalizes the first letter of their name, except alexandar?
alexandar, buddy, FYI, we also would normally spell your name 'alexandEr', I (i) am capitalizing the 'E' for emphasis, not because that's how we would actually type it.
@ Greg "alexandar, buddy, FYI, we also would normally spell your name 'alexandEr"
That's none of my business. I don't even know why I'm using that 'x' instead of normal 'ks'. That's my name: 'Aleksandar'. I'm not changing it for the sake of your spelling idiosyncrasies... You can if it pleases you that's all right
"Consider all the morons out there who think that "they" is not a legitimate neutral singular pronoun because some ignorant "teacher" told them that."
So I'm a moron.
My teachers were themselves well read and well educated, unlike many of today's teachers.
In any case, my grammar is informed by my grammar books, no longer by my long-dead teachers.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Sounds unlikely if they were advocating against singular they. Some educational resources you can send to help them become educated.
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