O mnie

Jestem jak droga polna, niczyja,  którą się mija,

Co nigdzie wiodła i wieść nie będzie, choć idzie wszędzie.

Dzieli mnie zawsze, tak jak tę drogę,
miedza od nieba,
a poco jestem pojąć nie mogę, bo mnie nie trzeba!

Nie byłem nigdy sobie, czy komu,
drogą do domu –
i dobrze życzę każdej godzinie
kiedy już minie.

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Ryszard Antolak

antolak@antolak.co.uk

 

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Campaign for “i” instead of “I”.

Contrary to what your school teacher probably told you, there is no grammatical reason for capitalizing the word “I”. The practice crept into English literature gradually at a time when ideas of the self and individuality began to be seen as more important than those of community. Prior to the 14th century “I” was consistently written in lower case as “i”, and no-one had any problems with it.

English is the only major language that capitalizes the word for “I”. All other languages use lower-case letters to denote the first person singular subjective pronoun. Some even capitalize the first letters of their word for “you” as a sign of respect (placing “you” above “I”, out of politeness).

Capitalization is associated with importance and superiority, as with capital cities, capital ideas and, (indeed), Capitalism.

To capitalize the word “I”, and not “you”, implies (however subtly) that I am superior to, or more important than, you. Capitalization of “i” is a symbol of egocentricity, of attitudes of superiority of self over others : a persepctive that overflows and informs other areas of relationship in English-speaking societies. If you don’t believe me, try this experiment. Make efforts to write “i” instead of “I” (and “You” instead of “you”) for a whole week and feel the psychological shift of perspective in your mind. It is very powerful.

We live in an individualistic culture. In the interests of equality (and politeness) the words for “you” and for “I” should be on an equal footing. Both should be written in lower-case letters, or both should be written in higher case.

So be a revolutionary! Ignore what your school teacher told you and insist on using “i” in all your personal e-mails and written communications. It is progressive to do so. And if you think you will be laughed at, think of adding a postscript stating that in the interests of equality and fairness you promote the use of “i” over “I”.

Support the campaign for “i” over “I”. Sign the petition to make “i” acceptable in written English. Be a trend-setter.

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