Originally Posted by Takin'Charge
Quick aside, Vidop. Are you new to Lafayette? Purdue, perhaps? The reason I ask is your spelling "LaFayette." Not something I see long term residents do.
So-am I new to the LaFayette area? Yes and no. I grew up in this area. But, for the last 35 years, I've lived/worked in Chicago. I've now retired and moved back to LaFayette.
As to why I capitalize the "F" in the name, you may wonder?
In grade school (in the mid-fifties--yes, I'm that old), we were all taught that the proper spelling was with a capital "F". Here are the reasons that were given.
1) Obviously, this is a French name from the American Revolutionary war. You always capitalize a name.
2) In French, the name is really two words. The "La" and "Fayette". So, since it is a name, both first letters of the two words should be capitalized.
Whether these reasons are valid or not, that is what I (and other classmates) were taught back then. So, that is ingrained in my memory. I do realize, though, that most people do spell it with the small "f". I'll persist in being being contrary and continue to use the capital "F". :-)
Thanks for asking!