★ An Experiment in Modesty

It is quite possible that We missed a lot of interesting online articles before the advent of RSS. Either that, or We spent large amounts of time perusing web sites and online magazines and newspapers to the detriment of productivity and our eyes. I honestly cannot remember what i did before RSS. Whatever the case may be, the simple syndication pointed me to the On Language column in the New York Times Magazine online for this week.
The column is usually written by William Safire, but this week a guest columnist took over while he was on vacation. In the article titled “Me, Myself and I“, Caroline Winter discusses the capitalization of the pronoun “i” and how it has come to be common practice to use the “all-purpose capital” in written English. The article is an interesting read and a quick one, too, coming in at just under 800 words. What compelled me to mention it was this statement from Caroline.

But take this a step further: i suggest that You try, as an experiment, to capitalize those whom You address while leaving yourselves in the lowercase. It may be a humbling experience. It was for me.

With the exception of following the rule of capitalizing the first letter of a sentence, i am going to take her suggestion and try it here on Indigo Spot. It takes a little adaptation time, but You may want to give it a try as well.