A distraught and very sad letter ‘e’ contacted me this afternoon. It requested I speak on its behalf as it fears for its existence. From what I can tell, there are two main reasons for this fear.
It all started a few years ago with the iPod. Before the iPod came along, the letter ‘e’ was dominating the world - or at least in equal footing with the letter ‘i’. There was e-mail, e-commerce, e-loan, e-machines, e-money, etc. Then, with the popularity of the iPod, other iDevices started popping up everywhere. And quite frankly, in many cases, the ‘i’ was showing up where an ‘e’ would make more sense. I mean, a digital music player is an electronic device more that it is an Internet device.
But then, something even worse came along… FLICKR. Come on! It drops the ‘e’ for no reason and then mocks the fifth letter by leaving the ‘i’ in it. And for some reason, names like this practically became mandatory for web 2.0 sites. You’ve got zoomr, bloggr, grabbr and many other examples. I started to compile a list, but during my research I discovered a site that beat me to the punch (with 120 such names).
Anyway, in an effort to help out our old friend the letter ‘e’, I beseech thee to start speaking in Olde English whenever ye see an opportunitee or if ye desires in its stead, just forgo the letter ‘y’ at the end of words for the perfectlee capable double ‘ee’ if ye please.