Often when one does field theory, or at least this was my experience, one's first encounter notationally with a field is that they are generically denoted

or

. This of course makes sense for the same reason that

**v**ector spaces are generically denoted

,

**m**odules and

**m**onoids

,

**r**ings

, and

**g**roups

. Moreover, it is common (in accordance with sets) that these structures should have a capitalized letter. That said, it seems to be a universal notation among more advanced field theory books (especially those dealing in algebraic number theory) to denote fields by

--not

**f** and not capitalized. Is there any particular reason for this? Is it possible that it is for the same reason that

is the integer (zhalen)?