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Old 11-07-2012, 05:04 PM   #16
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It is opposite in my language. We write You with capital letter as a sign of politeness and respect to the addressed person. So it would be, eg. "i would like to meet You at 5.00 pm"
When we learn English and come across the "I" we wonder about the overinflated ego indeed...
We also use "i" as single letter - it means "and". I too have to correct the autocorrect, sigh.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:31 PM   #17
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A shorter explanation from
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Excellent site IMHO
So it comes down to this:
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:29 PM   #18
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:44 PM   #19
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Lower-case letters are a relatively recent invention. It may simply be something which pre-dates them.
Certainly are. A product of instant messaging and SMS.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:55 PM   #20
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I do remember being taught why "I" is capitalised when I was in primary school (sometime way back last century)

"I" is a substitute for your name, when referring to yourself in communications (both in thought, oral and written). A person's name (given, middle and surname) starts with a capital. Thus the requirement for the "I" to be capitalised as well.

Regardless of an other explanations, this one, taught by a teacher 40 plus years ago, works well for me.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:04 AM   #21
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I do remember being taught why "I" is capitalised when I was in primary school (sometime way back last century)

"I" is a substitute for your name, when referring to yourself in communications (both in thought, oral and written). A person's name (given, middle and surname) starts with a capital. Thus the requirement for the "I" to be capitalised as well.

Regardless of an other explanations, this one, taught by a teacher 40 plus years ago, works well for me.
A plausible explanation, yet sorely incomplete. You, he and she also stands as substitutes for personal names, yet the miniscule proudly initiates the word. I guess it is the inconsistency that bother me.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:19 AM   #22
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I guess it is the inconsistency that bother me.
You expect the English language to be consistent?

What is the audible difference between "sea" and "see", or why are there two different meanings for "saw". There are even more inconsistencies when you compare British English with American English.
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A plausible explanation, yet sorely incomplete. You, he and she also stands as substitutes for personal names, yet the miniscule proudly initiates the word. I guess it is the inconsistency that bother me.
Only the dead live in total consistency.
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That describes me to a T
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:49 AM   #25
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You expect the English language to be consistent?

What is the audible difference between "sea" and "see", or why are there two different meanings for "saw". There are even more inconsistencies when you compare British English with American English.
Found a few terms to put these in their own lockers

And then there is 'see-saw' which movement is followed like a miniature game of tennis
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A plausible explanation, yet sorely incomplete. You, he and she also stands as substitutes for personal names, yet the miniscule proudly initiates the word. I guess it is the inconsistency that bother me.
Possibly. But "I" is more of a title than "you"

Got to love English, a language full of inconsistencies!
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Possibly. But "I" is more of a title than "you"

Got to love English, a language full of inconsistencies!
Oh, absolutely. It is just with that reasoning I would expect the royal we to start with a majuscule. It doesn't, thout are a vexing language.
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Well, yeah.
But those are two different languages that just happen to sound alike.
(And often not even that.)
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I can tell you from my long-ago Latin classes at the University that capitalization was used in Ancient Rome. So, it isn't a recent thing.
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