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Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Comeuppance

I have in the past complained about the use "eRate" instead of "E-Rate." But today it was pointed out to me by some E-mpa® colleagues the the FCC uses "E-rate."

My first reaction: that's just wrong. It's a proper name and should be capitalized. We don't say "Universal service fund Schools & libraries program."

Second reaction: surely it hasn't always been this way. Well, I've looked back, and it seems it always was this way. (Actually, I found a 1999 announcement from Chairman Kennard that uses "e-rate," which is just aberrant.)

How unpleasant to be be corrected after my self-righteous correction of others.

I'm still not sure I can bring myself to write "E-rate." It may be time for me to consider moving to a new profession. Or maybe I can start using the catchy USFS&LP.

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