Robert Mizrachi

Brian Bilbray Apologizes to Mira Mesa are sharp. I changed Teri's capitalized "Congressman Brian Bilbray" because I see "congressman" as an adjective — hold on, hold on. You and I know it's established style to bestow that title with a capital "C," 'dude, but I believe it's time to democratize typography — hold on, hold on. You don't see a "Neighborhood News Editor Robert Mizrachi" in my response to your other comment, right? I'm a lower-cased "editor"; it's an adjective. Why should "Congressman Brian Bilbray" (or "U.S. Congressman Brian Bilbray") get a capped "C"? That was the old way of thinking (which we might go back to after my boss sees this post). I'm not so new-school, however: in that reply to your comment, I purposefully typed "Congressman Bilbray." He gets the honorifically capped "C." Just as "Gabardine chef Brian Malarkey" would get the "Chef Malarkey" with the capped "C" on a second reference. I got some respect for old ways. Maybe more info than you'd care to know: My original reasoning for lowercasing is based on the fact that capital letters are more noticeable on the page. The premise arose from the fact that the boss doesn't like seeing acronyms — "alphabet soup," we call that effect when so many acronyms and initials "jump off a page." So, I thought further (too far?) about the necessity of capitalization and came to use this atypical style I'm talking about now. If capitalization helped with clarity in these instances, I'd be faster than a scalded jackrabbit to uphold AP style. But reading something like "president Barack Obama" doesn't hinder one's understanding of who a writer is talking about. Another aspect of modern-day typed language that gave me the gumption to start this so-called democratization of typography: if a Grandma can text "I luv U 2" to her grandkid and all is understood, why can't the newspaper industry change established styles of communication as well, as long as there's clarity? Thanks for writing,' dude. I've been meaning to 'splain myself on this point for some time. Now let the fur fly. I'm gone. — Asst. ed. Robert Mizrachi
— June 6, 2012 7:33 p.m.

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