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FeaturesTHIS ARTICLE IS ALL IN CAPITALS. KNOW WHY:

THIS ARTICLE IS ALL IN CAPITALS. KNOW WHY:

Published: 22nd Oct 2021 5:55 pm

MANY-A-TIME, WE HAVE SENT AN ‘ALL CAPITALS’ TEXT TO MAKE AN EMPHASIS OR JUST TO EXPRESS ANGER / FRUSTRATION AS CAPITAL LETTERS LEND AN UNHEARD VOICE OF A SHOUT IN THE READER’S MIND.

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BUT, DID YOU KNOW THERE WAS A DAY DEDICATED TO THE CAPITAL LETTERS CALLED THE ‘INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY’ CELEBRATED ON OCTOBER 22. WELL BY NOW, YOU MUST HAVE UNDERSTOOD THE REASON BEHIND THE ARTICLE BEING IN ALL CAPITALS.

CREATED BY DEREK ARNOLD, A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, IN 2000, THE CAPS LOCK DAY WAS NAMED TO POKE FUN AT SOME “TYPOGRAPHICAL CONVENTIONS”. HOWEVER, IT SLOWLY BECAME THE DAY WE PROVOKE INTERNET FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES – TO RAISE AWARENESS THAT WRITING IN ALL CAPS MIGHT NOT ALL BE GOOD IN THE READER’S MIND.

DEREK WANTED TO REMIND ALL THE TEXT USERS THAT THE UPPER-CASE LETTERS LOOK LIKE SHOUTING AND BECAUSE THE RECIPIENTS OF OUR COMMUNICATION CAN’T GAUGE OUR TONE OR VOLUME, OR SEE OUR FACIAL EXPRESSION OR BODY LANGUAGE, THEY CAN EASILY INTERPRET OUR USE OF CAPS AS ‘ANGER’, LEADING TO NEGATIVITY AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS.

SO, ON THIS DAY, LET’S REMIND OURSELVES TO BE SOFT AND NICE EVEN ON TEXTS AND NOT USE CAPITAL LETTERS (UNLESS REALLY NECESSARY). SO, LET THIS ARTICLE BE THE LAST ALL CAPS PIECE YOU READ IN A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD.

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