I received the following email from a reader:
I was excited to hear you on NPR the other day. I immediately thought of Tulsa’s latest marketing “slogan.” I have included below the Tulsa World’s article so that you can see what is bothering me. Every second-grader knows that the “I” should be capitalized. Will this add to the Okie image that most Americans have? I’m not really sure, actually, since there is a continued acceptance of the creative alterations being made to the English language.
I agree with you, and find myself constantly perplexed and amazed at the direction we are going with this.
Thank you for making your continued efforts for preservation.
She attached the following picture:
Now, when you’re talking about graphic design, even the strictest grammarian must allow a bit of creative license. When somebody uses all lowercase letters now and again, if it works with the design, I don’t mind it.
However, it’s becoming an epidemic. People are using all lowercase letters all the time, when it truly isn’t necessary at all.
Take a look at the above ad. Is it really necessary to change the I?
I don’t think so.
And Home to the 2007 PGA Championship? More like home of. Nothing is home to.
Come on, Tulsa. And while you’re at it, come up with a better slogan than i am.
You know that I’m from Boston and that I went to college in Connecticut. Although I love to travel, I’ve never been to the midwestern United States. I’ve been to Texas, but that was Brownsville last March, not Midland or any other classic stereotypically Texan region.
So, do I have an “Okie image” in my head? Do any of you?
All I know, Teresa, is that whenever I think of Tulsa, I think of one thing: