Friday, 26 February 2016

Capital (February)

C is for Capital. Did the pilcrow morph from Capital C during the Renaissance? Scribes and printers enforced Capitals to head sentences and it’s been that way ever ever since. E.E. Cummings popularised the overthrow, or unenforcing, of Capitals. Even ever to write his name using Capitals is done with nervous boldness, as though Lowercase is its own country and everyone everywhere lowercases around here thanks. Edward Estlin Cummings was never going to polarise opinion. We need to know where we start and a sentence the length of February is best left to people who know how to indicate breath.

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