View Full Version : Stupid odd question

2013-01-14, 09:57 PM
When typing a Mc/Mac name in ALLCAPS does the 'c' bit stay small? MCLAREN or McLAREN? I've never been sure, and they both look wrong.


Rack 'n Ruin
2013-01-14, 10:47 PM
No idea which is correct, but I think McLAREN looks better.

On a slightly related note, Ipswich Town have recently signed a "Mc" player on loan with an interesting spelling quirk, Aaron Mclean. Not McLean, not McClean, but Mclean. At least in the official write ups I've seen anyway. What's all that about? Never seen a "Mc" spelt like it before...

2013-01-14, 11:29 PM
I have, but I'm struggling to remember precisely where - a Maclaren in Scottish football a few years ago? Thought it was odd too. Actually I have half a mind the pushchair makers have it like that, though it might just be their typeset or something.

2013-01-15, 04:19 PM
The bank I walked past on the way into work this morning seems to think that "McLEOD" is the right way to do it, for whatever that's worth. Not capitalizing the 'c' just makes it look like you took your finger off of the shift key by accident though, at least to me.

2013-01-15, 04:26 PM
Mmmm. The more I think about it the more they both look weird, but I am left thinking "what's so special about a Mc?". But then that got me trying to work out whether "de" or "de la" from Italian/Spanish names would be the same or not and now I'm even more confused. :(

2013-01-16, 08:15 AM
de la SOUL?

inflatable dalek
2013-01-16, 11:04 AM
The opening of Sapphire and Steel credits its lead as DAVID McCALLUM. If you want to trust a font that shakey.

2013-01-16, 09:04 PM
I'd say it'd be MC. I think the reason the 'c' isn't capitalised normally is to show that they were originally two separate words. At the risk of sounding patronising:

Mc is 'son' in old Gaelic, so I'd imagine that originally it'd have been written separately, much like the Ap prefix still is in Welsh (Ap Dafydd, rather than ApDafydd).

2013-01-18, 10:02 AM
I don't think there is a right way is there?
The English language isn't written in all caps, so I guess you just go with what looks right.I'd say not to leave a small c, but only because it looks a bit twattish like something from the wiki or people who write PoKéMoN like that.