Do you know the difference between Bitcoin and bitcoin?

Jaden

New member
As I was completing a survey about an hour ago, there was some mention about the distinction between Bitcoin spelt with capital B, and bitcoin with a lowercase b. Although I have heard about this before, and I usually pay a lot of attention to spelling and punctuation, I have to admit that I have totally forgotten about this.

When we talk about Bitcoin as a blockchain, payment method, or a service, we are supposed to spell the word with an uppercase B.

Here is an example:
My best friend doesn't see the advantages of Bitcoin.

When we talk about the currency or mention numbers and quantitates of the asset, the word should be spelt with a lowercase b.

Here is an example:
I sent my best friend 1 bitcoin as a birthday gift.


Do you pay attention to this while you are posting on the forum?
 

Ahmir

Member
I don't really see any difference between the two options. In my opinion, you are free to write as you see fit.
 

Cole

Member
It is writing style but I would choose the bitcoin and BTC.

There are derivatives: Bitcoin, BITCOIN, BTC and I think readers can understand what it is.

In orders of good, my choice will be:
- bitcoin
- BTC
- BTC.

I don't like Bitcoin or BITCOIN
 

Juan

Member
No I don't, but yeah this is correct.

Bitcoin: The title.
bitcoin: The unit.
BTC: ISO code.
₿: The symbol.

That's the least grammatically issues we have on this forum, though...
Tongue
 

Ivan

Member
As a Russian speaking person, I do not pay much attention on Bitcoin and bitcoin. Russian grammar does not have that kind of differences, and during English classes I dont remember that teacher put much attention on that kind of things (or same as you, "I have already forgotten about this").

When I write post, I try to concentrate more on tenses while doing Russian>English translation in my head.
After your topic, I think I would pay a bit more attention to Bitcoin/bitcoin, but frankly speaking, when I re-read my post, I wont click on edit button to correct this
 

Diego

Member
No I don't, but yeah this is correct.

Bitcoin: The title.
bitcoin: The unit.
BTC: ISO code.
₿: The symbol.

That's the least grammatically issues we have on this forum, though...
Tongue
Yes, because here in the forum, doesn't matter how you use the word bitcoin in your post. And everyone understands what you are referring to. But maybe, if you are writing a professional article to be published, you need to be aware what you are writing as most people that may read the article don't have the knowledge what you're talking about even for us is considered a popular term and also to observe the proper use of this word following grammar rules
 

Kingston

Member
As I was completing a survey about an hour ago, there was some mention about the distinction between Bitcoin spelt with capital B, and bitcoin with a lowercase b. Although I have heard about this before, and I usually pay a lot of attention to spelling and punctuation, I have to admit that I have totally forgotten about this.

When we talk about Bitcoin as a blockchain, payment method, or a service, we are supposed to spell the word with an uppercase B.

Here is an example:
My best friend doesn't see the advantages of Bitcoin.

When we talk about the currency or mention numbers and quantitates of the asset, the word should be spelt with a lowercase b.

Here is an example:
I sent my best friend 1 bitcoin as a birthday gift.


Do you pay attention to this while you are posting on the forum?
Perhaps you are referring to the survey stated on this thread Public perception of Bitcoin as payment method (survey), I've also noticed that and it's one thing that I'll remember on his survey.
I'm planning to ask this matter to the OP of the survey, I'm glad you open a discussion about regarding it.
Your explanation made me understand it much better.

Yes I had an attention when to use Bitcoin from bitcoin recently, but that time I do not know what's the difference between the two
 

Stone

Member
As a Russian speaking person, I do not pay much attention on Bitcoin and bitcoin. Russian grammar does not have that kind of differences, and during English classes I dont remember that teacher put much attention on that kind of things (or same as you, "I have already forgotten about this").

When I write post, I try to concentrate more on tenses while doing Russian>English translation in my head.
After your topic, I think I would pay a bit more attention to Bitcoin/bitcoin, but frankly speaking, when I re-read my post, I wont click on edit button to correct this
I don't know Russian but I think it is general rule for common noun and proper noun

Bitcoin: proper noun
bitcoin: common noun

BITCOIN: Capitalization of all characters (bad use)
BTC: can be accepted as acronym of Bitcoin (as proper noun)
btc: can be accepted as acronym of bitcoin (as common noun)
 

Jair

Member
There are misconceptions about Bitcoin and bitcoin but the beauty of this is; forum members don't care about this grammatical errors around the forum but reading with best understanding. If i can recall currently, there was such thread in the past that got my ass fixed with these two. Bitcoin--- The name of the technology and bitcoin---- the currency; to my understanding. Sincerely, thousands of network users do used these words interchangeably both lower ranks and higher ranks
Cheesy
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Giovanni

Member
I pay attention on it when I'm still new here but now it was listed on keyboard and I don't what is the the proper word to use as long as I'm pertaining to a same subject and I can express my thought in my statement. This is an open forum so any minor grammar especially on this case that didn't affect the message is not that a big deal
 

Jesus

Member
I think either Capital or small letter B to use the word bitcoin it has the same meaning and understanding. If you are going to give different meaning between this letter B ,then it will only add to the complexity of people to understand bitcoin easily. Also, I think everyone is free to write the word bitcoin either in capital or small letter B.
 
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