No worries. It's interesting to see how my thoughts have evolved (or not). I don't care much about the stat (skill) notation, anymore. But, my annoyance at the emphasis on the modifier has been renewed by DnD Beyond which uses the default WotC character sheet layout. After using MPMB's sheet -- which uses the "correct" emphasis -- for almost the entirety of 5E, it's pretty much like seeing it for the first time, all over again.