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Old 11-07-2012, 02:24 AM   #1
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Why capital I? SOLVED

I have always meekly accepted that it is I and not i, but why? There is no word that is i so why the extra step of I? I can't even write i without correcting it afterwards because auto-correct will immediately change it back to I.
Does anyone know how the need for capitalization came about?

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Old 11-07-2012, 02:45 AM   #2
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I have always meekly accepted that it is I and not i, but why? There is no word that is i so why the extra step of I? I can't even write i without correcting it afterwards because auto-correct will immediately change it back to I.
Does anyone know how the need for capitalization came about?
Eye have know Idea.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:53 AM   #3
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Does anyone know how the need for capitalization came about?
The New York Times provides their answer here.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:15 AM   #4
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The New York Times provides their answer here.
Thanks for that link, an interesting explanation, but I'm afraid I have a hard time accepting the typographical premises put forward. In Swedish we have å (river) and ö (island) that are written in a single miniscule. So I definitely need a competing hypothesis.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:20 AM   #5
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Lower-case letters are a relatively recent invention. It may simply be something which pre-dates them.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:42 AM   #6
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When you use 'I' you're referring to yourself, so it needs to be capitalized, just like how names are capitalized.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:51 AM   #7
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When you use 'I' you're referring to yourself, so it needs to be capitalized, just like how names are capitalized.
It is capitalized in english.
Not in other languages.
Then again, "I", the pronoun is but one letter whereas most other languages use a full syllable, at least.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:54 AM   #8
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When you use 'I' you're referring to yourself, so it needs to be capitalized, just like how names are capitalized.
Really?

me, myself & I
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:04 AM   #9
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There is no i in ego, but it's probably got something to do with it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:49 AM   #10
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The New York Times provides their answer here.
I'm going to print this out for when my inquisitive offspring asks "Why?" when he gets more into writing. "Why do we cap-alize 'I'?" "Uh.... Let me read you this article."
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:54 PM   #11
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It is capitalized in english.
Not in other languages.
Then again, "I", the pronoun is but one letter whereas most other languages use a full syllable, at least.
Scottish Gaelic has two single letter pronouns. Always lower case.
e (he/him)
i (she/her)
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #12
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It's just a matter of convention. The proper way to write the first person is I and not i,
It's as if you were asking why is a table called table and not chair or ear or window.

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Old 11-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #13
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It's so people don't think we're an Apple product.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:26 PM   #14
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #15
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