Thursday, August 6, 2009

CAPS

OUT OF CURIOUSITY, WHEN SOMEONE SENDS YOU AN E-MAIL THAT IS ALL IN CAPS, DO YOU FEEL LIKE THEY ARE SHOUTING AT YOU? HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THEM??

Like this? As in, a soft answer turns away wrath?

Or like this:

WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM, MAN??? (OR WOMAN)

We have a sales rep in our office who constantly sends e-mails to people all in capital letters. And in bold, no less. Sometimes even italicized. Finally, after the nth person must have commented on it to him, he changed his style. But in what I suppose was an effort to defend himself, he also said that he searched the 'net for an official explanation or definition of what it meant to use all caps and found that using all capital letters is used for emphasis of what you are writing.

THAT IS TRUE, BUT YOU DON'T EMPHASIZE EVERY SINGLE THING YOU WRITE, DO YOU??

Just think if people spoke in all capital letters. I suspect there would be more violence in the world. The only time I have spoken in all capital letters is when talking to someone while wearing headphones.

And as for people who WrITe LIkE tHiS, dON't EvEn geT mE STarTeD oN THat.




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

i see nothing wrong with all caps it's all good but sometimes i ignore it because it looks like a nigerian scammer telling me about mr. charles soludo leaving me 15 million dollars or me winning the microsoft lottery

Rickie Miyake said...

I wonder why so many of these come from Nigeria?