A short rant expanding on my April 10th post.
How many people in the US identify as Irish American? Lots. I don't have a number, but I know it's lots.
I hate having to fight and have my name spelled correctly. Unless the person I'm talking with also spells their surname with O', people look at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears.
"O apostrophe capital R? Why does it have to be capitalized?"
Because that's how to spell it!! If your name is Katherine, I bet you'd get ticked if I kept spelling it as C-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e. Even more so if I went the route of K-a-t-h-r-y-n. Yeah, pisses you off, right?
And my fellow Irish and even Scottish with Mac or Mc in their surname have it just as bad. You and I both know it's MacFarlane and McIntire. Yet you'll have your name tag printed as Macfarlane and Mcintire.
Oh, I know why (other than people just not understanding). Computers. I understand. Whatever "language" your system uses to operate won't allow an apostrophe because it screws with the code. It's 2014. I know for a fact that this isn't a valid excuse anymore. If a friggin' bill collector can spell my name out properly on the next harassing letter they send me, then AT&T can do the same with my monthly bill that I've had for six years.