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Why do we capitalize "I" all the time? What is so special about it that it must get capitalized even in the middle of a sentence?

MechaSlinky wrote:

Why do we capitalize "I" all the time? What is so special about it that it must get capitalized even in the middle of a sentence?

Indeed. It`s only Me who needs capitalizing, you really shouldnt.

Wasn't there already a thread like this way back when?

Because "I" refers to yourself making it a proper noun, just like Bob is capitalized.

Also:

The reason is historical.
Modern English ultimately derives from Old English, which is a Germanic language. This is the language spoken in Britain before the Norman invasion of 1066.
In German, all nouns are capitalized.
In German, Ich is the word for I and it is capitalized.
German words for "me," to me," "mine," are not capitalized.
For instance, Ich, meiner, mir, mich.
The English language is not logical, but it does reflect a rich history of primarily German, French, and Latin influences. Thus tradition and precedent is your answer, not logic.

And:

The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (Wilson, 1988, ISBN
0-8242-0745-9) says: "~I~ pron. 1137 i; later I (about 1250,
in The Story of Genesis and Exodus); developed from the unstressed
form of Old English (about 725) ic singular pronoun of the first
person (nominative case). Modern and Middle English I developed
from earlier i in the stressed position. I came to be written
with a capital letter thereby making it a distinct word and avoiding
misreading handwritten manuscripts. In the northern and midland
dialects of England the capitalized form I appeared about 1250.
In the south of England, where Old English ic early shifted in
pronunciation to ich (by palatalization), the form I did not
become established until the 1700's (although it appears
sporadically before that time)."

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Where do babies come from?

painthappens wrote:

Where do babies come from?

The mommy's tummy?

Amoebic wrote:
painthappens wrote:

Where do babies come from?

The mommy's tummy?

Where I come from they are dropped by storks into the chimneys. We don't have a chimney so I had to do it alternatively *wink wink*.

painthappens wrote:
Where do babies come from?

This should explain it to you: http://www.somethingawful.com/flash/...

Why am I at work at 6:45am?

Amoebic wrote:
painthappens wrote:

Where do babies come from?

The mommy's tummy?

I think you mean...

how is babby formed?

wanderingtaoist wrote:
Amoebic wrote:
painthappens wrote:

Where do babies come from?

The mommy's tummy?

Where I come from they are dropped by storks into the chimneys. We don't have a chimney so I had to do it alternatively *wink wink*.

Isn't that a bit rough on the stork.

I have questions I don't want answered.

Shoal07 wrote:
I have questions I don't want answered.

I have answers I don't want questioned.

Teneman wrote:
Shoal07 wrote:
I have questions I don't want answered.

I have answers I don't want questioned.

Why, in communist Russia, do questions answer you?

Teneman wrote:
I have answers I don't want questioned.

Do you?

Pirate Bob wrote:
Teneman wrote:
Shoal07 wrote:
I have questions I don't want answered.

I have answers I don't want questioned.

Why, in communist Russia, do questions answer you?

Because Yakov Smirnoff didn't have much else to go on...

painthappens wrote:

Where do babies come from?

When inhabitants of the island of Tuma become bored of their lives in Paradise, they will come back to the living world, shedding all memory of their previous lives, and float across the ocean as spirit babies during the night to find new mothers. The mothers must lay naked and asleep, so as to allow easy passage into the womb and not scare away the spirit babies.

Or that's what One Big Damn Puzzler taught me.

Will I enjoy Watchmen?!

St.Hillary wrote:
Wasn't there already a thread like this way back when?

Yes.

Why isn't this a thread where we all ask questions, and then only Mechaslinky is allowed to answer. That's what I was hoping for when I clicked the thread.

Gloopedy Doopity Dorp!

What is your favorite prime number?

Sweet Kournikova's sports bra, why does it hurt so bad? I never did nothing to no one, honest. The pain. The blinding pain.

Amoebic wrote:
What is your favorite prime number?

7

Amoebic wrote:
What is your favorite prime number?

2, it's different from all the others.

Should I drink this 5-hour old coffee?

Amoebic wrote:
Should I drink this 5-hour old coffee?

NO! I always regret that at work.....

Amoebic wrote:
Should I drink this 5-hour old coffee?

Yes, have some.

mrwynd wrote:
Amoebic wrote:
Should I drink this 5-hour old coffee?

NO! I always regret that at work.....

Quintin_Stone wrote:
Amoebic wrote:
Should I drink this 5-hour old coffee?

Yes, have some.

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If you listen to him your experience will be "Not Without Incident" !!!!

Switchbreak wrote:
mrwynd wrote:
Amoebic wrote:
Should I drink this 5-hour old coffee?

NO! I always regret that at work.....

Quintin_Stone wrote:
Amoebic wrote:
Should I drink this 5-hour old coffee?

Yes, have some.

Oh god, oh god, oh god. WHAT DO I DO?

"Do not seek counsel from the Internet, for they will say both No and Yes"

I'm an old geezer, why do kids these days where baseball hats with the size sticker still on them?

trowan wrote:
I'm an old geezer, why do kids these days where baseball hats with the size sticker still on them?

I think there's a gangsta rapper who wasn't smart enough to remove it. Obviously throngs of children had to imitate whatever they did.

Switchbreak wrote:
Oh god, oh god, oh god. WHAT DO I DO?

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

If aliens from another planet were discovered on earth, would they be illegal, and would the INS have jurisdiction?

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