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Old 11-08-2012, 12:20 PM   #31
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:29 PM   #32
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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.
Classical Latin was written in nothing BUT capital letters (generally with no spaces between the words!). Lower-case letters were a medieval invention.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:25 PM   #33
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Lower-case letters were a medieval invention.
The middle ages get a bum rap. Those guys invented tons of useful things.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:13 PM   #34
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Mrs. Hartwig, my high school English teacher said it was because personal names are always capitalized, and I was the personal name used when referring to oneself.

But then when she was teaching me English, the neutral gender was still the masculine.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:44 PM   #35
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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?

Ego and or the id?

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Old 11-08-2012, 11:12 PM   #36
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Let's just say 'exception' and be over with it.
German capitalizes all nouns - a behaviour for which I haven't see a logical explanation either.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:35 AM   #37
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What is the audible difference between "sea" and "see",
Keeping in mind that english isn't my native language, I'd definitely think them different - "sea" changes the sound at the end, while "see" is just a long-drawn "eee".
"cee", "see" and "zee" would sound the same, IMO.

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German capitalizes all nouns - a behaviour for which I haven't see a logical explanation either.
It may be a backwards-explanation, but it certainly helps to differentiate verbs and nouns.
Which is, contrary to popular opinion, quite important. You can get by without, of course - but it helps a lot.
(Same goes for stuff like punctuation.)
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German capitalizes all nouns - a behaviour for which I haven't see a logical explanation either.
And yet Dutch, which is a language very closely related to German, doesn't .
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:46 AM   #39
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I'd definitely think them different - "sea" changes the sound at the end, while "see" is just a long-drawn "eee".
"cee", "see" and "zee" would sound the same, IMO.
In American English "sea" and "see" are pronounced exactly the same. I do not know about British English.
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In American English "sea" and "see" are pronounced exactly the same. I do not know about British English.
It's the same in British English.
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It's the same in British English.
Don't fall for it Harry, there is no such thing as British English, they can put American in front of their version but, by the Gods, we shall keep our language as English
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:34 AM   #42
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Or English English.
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Wouldn't that be the Queen's English, at least until Charles takes the throne?
BTW, will he be Charles II?
I can't recall any higher numbers in the annals of English history, not that I'm well versed in it.
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BTW, will he be Charles II?
No; Diana I
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