My “Larry David” Moment

Those who have seen ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ will be familiar with this set up. Larry David, our protagonist, will be going on with his daily business. Then, something will happen, and he will have an adverse reaction.

It could be, for example, a misunderstanding. Something that he’s disgusted by, or some minor indiscretion. We will then watch the repercussions of him over-analysing and dealing with this incident for the next 25 minutes.

It worked because we get why Larry reacts that way but we also understand why he’s in the wrong. He voiced the part of us that we (usually) keep mute. We got to see the hilarious consequences of what would happen if we spoke those thoughts.

I had my own Larry David moment today. I received the following email (with some details amended to protect ID):

Hi grant

I’ll follow that up with our people.


Can you see what annoyed me? Can you see it? It’s my name. He didn’t put a capital letter in my name. He typed my whole name in lower case.

cye1-larryCan you see his name? He put a capital letter in his own name. He remembered to do that. He remembered that names should have a capital letter when he typed his own name. But my name? No capital.

He typed his own name after mine. He must have typed his own name with a capital and then realised that he hadn’t done it with my name. How could he not have? But he didn’t think to go back and correct it.

What am I to take from that? That my name isn’t important enough for a capital letter? That I am not worthy of being a proper noun? If you’re typing ‘grant’ instead of ‘Grant’ then you’re relegating me to the status of a chair or an armpit. I’m a human being. This is my name. I deserve my capital G.

Am I going to mention this the next time I see Martin? (See. Capital letter at the start of his name. That’s how you do it.) Yes. I will mention it. I won’t make a big deal. I’ll just say – hey! Where was the capital letter? Where’s the big G?

I won’t be rude. I’ll just make my point. I’m sure it’ll be cool. What could go wrong?


  1. Janis
    12 February 2016

    Haha. Love this. I suppose ‘grant’ is a common noun (and not a proper noun) whereas ‘Grant’ is a proper noun and definitely not common. You are right to insist on a capital G!

    Personally I don’t have a problem with ‘janis’. Janis does not exist in the common state as far as I know. Whether upper or lower case J, there is no ambiguity as far as I am concerned.

  2. 13 February 2016

    Haha, this made me chuckle. I often get emails with my name all in lower case letters, which I don’t mind. But what makes me mad is when people write ‘Natalie’ when my name is ‘Natasha’ !

  3. 13 February 2016

    ha ha ha I am much like you I have to say and yes even i instead of I bugs the hell out of me

  4. 13 February 2016

    Haha, this made me giggle. x

  5. 13 February 2016

    This made me giggle too – but I would have been annoyed as well. Kaz

  6. 14 February 2016

    Great post, this bugs me too, I hope you blog about the next time you meet so we know what happened

  7. 14 February 2016

    Ha ha this made me laugh, I often have this problem too if it helps and they put letters in my name which don’t even exist as theres more than one way to spell it!! Hope the big G conversation goes well!

  8. 14 February 2016

    Hahaha, I know what you mean. I too get annoyed when people decided to write my name with a lower case and they write there’s with a capital.

  9. Ah I did giggle at this, I get a little bit annoyed when people spell my name wrong – I always correct them. Bit of a bugbear for me!

  10. Peter C
    9 October 2017

    It all depends if he wrote the email on a phone or tablet etc without proof-reading it afterwards: “grant” would be auto-corrected to lower case as it’s a common word and appears second in the “sentence”, whereas “Martin” (or whatever) would almost always be a proper noun that his own phone/tablet would definitely assume as such, even if he had written it all in lower case ????

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