Sunday, 4 March 2012

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.