Why is "I" capitalized?(Spelling)
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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