Things a Baby Boomer NoticesJanuary 2nd, 2010
Sue Grafton’s newest: “U is for Undercover.” One of the characters shouts out “for god’s sake…” I’ve been a reader my entire life and I can’t recall any American novel that did not capitalize the “g” in God. It wasn’t an oversight, ‘cause there are two more references to god in the book, also with a small “g.”
Is this part of the homogenization, pasteurization, globalization of language and culture? I mean, technically speaking, god is not a proper noun.
Men used to wear neckties ALL the time in their professional roles. Both men and women wore hats and ladies wore gloves. My own mother wore little white gloves into the 70’s.
I don’t wear gloves.
But I do capitalize the G in God. And I’m pretty sure my children do, too. But somebody, somewhere, doesn’t. A writer, an editor. A few million people reading god instead God. It becomes normal, that’s the way things are done now.
And that’s one of the advantages of being a Boomer. What we are able to see behind can prep us for what we see ahead.
Maybe not a Big Deal, but certainly a big deal.
How do we respond to the New World Order?