03.09.17: Why y? Why not Y?
TAKE A CLOSE LOOK at the bylines. Do you see the difference?
I’ve had editors ready to throw themselves on their swords to defend the use of the lower case “y” in the “By…”
Some say it’s because the “By” is not part of the writer’s name. Well, now…that’s a fact. I can’t argue that. But when I ask why that matters, I hear crickets chirping.
Why, I ask, can’t the “y” (lower case) be a “Y” (upper case), even if it’s not part of the writer’s name? Surely, readers don’t think the writer’s first name is “BY” and his middle name is “GEORGE,” do they?
My argument is that the lower case “y” is typographically out of place–so much so that it’s distracting and should be capped to a “Y.”
No, I don’t think readers care. Not a bit.
But I do think that good typography is good typography.
And I will continue to ask “Y.”
What do you think?