Monday, July 11, 2011

Big I little you

Not the first time this has danced in the back corner of my mind's dark basement, but the first time I'm bringing it up to the sitting room.... So let's talk.




So what effect has capitalizing “I” but not “you” — or any other pronoun — had on English speakers? It’s impossible to know, but perhaps our individualistic, workaholic society would be more rooted in community and quality and less focused on money and success if we each thought of ourselves as a small “i” with a sweet little dot. There have, of course, been plenty of rich and dominant cultures throughout history that have gotten by just fine without capitalizing the first-person pronoun or ever writing it down at all. There have also been cultures that committed atrocities even while capitalizing “you.”

We learn from an early age that I is to be capitalized, but no other pronoun is. I was typing a facebook status today and in my haste, I slipped the shift key so my I came out as an i and I decided, "This is not grammar class... I'll leave it." 

At which point I thought, 
Why, again, is it that we capitalize I in the first place....

Seems kinda self centered to me. So I googled it to find out the history behind it and what other's had to say about it and I found this article which I loved. So i thought i would share it.

How bout You??
What do You think about the capital I in the english language??


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