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Thinker13
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Posted 03/04/12 - 9:34 AM:
Subject: i versus I : Times Of India
I have subscribed to Times of India last week, after a gap of about 4 years. Something I noticed in the editorial columns is a prevalence or clear dominance of 'i' for first person singular pronoun, over 'I'. This was not the case with TOI editorial columns four years ago, when I used to peruse it regularly.


Now what has happened?


There seem to be two possibilities:


1. Either all of the TOI writers have switched to 'i' because it has gained some popularity in journalism.


2. Or editor(s) of TOI prefer 'i' for some unknown reasons.



I don't know exactly what the reason is, but I feel that some people who use 'i' not only in chatting online (where it's quite common) but also in e-mails and articles, do so because they feel that capitalization of first person pronoun is redundant and it's a pain to press a shift key unnecessarily.


I don't know why a word 'I' ('i') has to be in capital to mean first person singular pronoun. I have read that a capital I seems more egoistic than a lower case one. But does it make sense? I don't think so. You might say that persons who use lower case 'i' might be doing so to look more creative, but those who consistently use capital I ( like me) are doing so because they were taught to do so.



I would like to hear from you if you know more about this trend or if you know why Times of India is consistently using lower case i for first person singular pronoun.
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Posted 03/09/12 - 8:43 PM:

I would guess that they're doing it to reflect the pop cultural trend to shy away from the upper case I.

The Google Cr-48 notebook has abandoned the caps lock key and even put the letters on its keys in lower case.

Score one for the proletarian masses.
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Posted 03/10/12 - 6:28 AM:

JrnymnX wrote:
I would guess that they're doing it to reflect the pop cultural trend to shy away from the upper case I.

The Google Cr-48 notebook has abandoned the caps lock key and even put the letters on its keys in lower case.

Score one for the proletarian masses.




Those are very pertinent points Jrnymnx. smiling face
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