October 22nd, 2010
10:15 AM ET

ANNOYING RIGHT? HAPPY CAPS LOCK DAY

One of thousands of Twitter status messages about CAPS LOCK DAY.

THERE'S NOTHING MOST TECH-SAVVY PEOPLE HATE MORE THAN SEEING THIS - THE ESSENTIAL SHOUTING OVER THE COMPUTER - THROUGH THE ENTIRE USE OF THE CAPS LOCK.

BUT APPARENTLY TODAY WE ARE TO CELEBRATE IT IN HONOR OF INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, WHICH  HAS ITS OWN WEBSITE, AND NOW ITS OWN TWITTER ACCOUNT (THOUGH THERE ARE ONLY A FEW POSTINGS.)

I HAVEN'T A CLUE AS TO WHY WE ARE WE CELEBRATING SOMETHING THAT DRIVES MOST PEOPLE CRAZY - AND TO A POINT WHERE IT'S A TRENDING TOPIC ON GOOGLE AND TWITTER. A QUICK SEARCH OF THE WEB SHOWS ME IT WAS JUST AN IDEA THAT HAPPENED IN 2000 AND HASN'T STOPPED SINCE.

I ALREADY CAN'T STAND LOOKING AT THIS POST IN ALL CAPS, IN THE SAME WAY I CAN'T STAND IT WHEN SOMEONE WHO'S NEVER TYPED AN E-MAIL BEFORE (THAT'S YOU, MANY MOMS AROUND THE WORLD) AND THEY TYPE IT IN MASSIVE 20-POINT, BRIGHT PINK, ALL CAPS FONTS. WE GET IT, YOU LOVE US. OR HATE US. OR WHATEVER YOU'RE TRYING TO CONVEY THAT YOU MUST SHOUT IT IN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION.  NOT TO MENTION, AS SOME PEOPLE NOTED, OBSERVING THE HOLIDAY BRINGS YOU PROBLEMS WITH YOUR PASSWORD.

so. with that. we at this just in, will scoff at the all caps, and go another route, marking this day of punctual sacrifice in a paradoxical ee cummings-esque style. (because that much caps lock, would even make me want to scream at me for typing this way.) so we say, forget the caps - completely.

and we have the backing and firepower of the federal highway administration behind us. seriously. they just recently directed every city, town and place in the nation to make every new street sign must have upper- and lower-case letters in hopes of increasing legibility and reducing accidents.

see ya later MAIN STREET, hello Main Street. (forgive our use of the caps there, it was just to show the point.)

not everyone is happy - specifically - the city that never sleeps. it's known for its iconic signs in all caps. on the streets, subways and everywhere else.  now the city says it would cost them more than $27 million to complete the task. and will anyone want to buy a street sign that says Madison Ave? certainly it's not as attractive as the iconic MADISON AVE. (apologies again.) and new yorkers are not happy either, the daily news reported.

Okay, enough with the ridiculousness, our copy editors are probably up in arms by now.

Let's just take this time to be thankful that while the Internet will be lit up in all caps today, it could be worse, we could be celebrating Comic Sans day.

And we know how you feel about that.

soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. John Mahon

    Who in the HELL decided that CAPITAL LETTERS

    October 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CAPSQUEEN

    AHHH SO MANY GREAT THINGS ARE IN ALL CAPS
    MY LICENSE PLATE
    PROPER NOUNS

    MAYBE THAT'S IT BUT I'M EXCITED!!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Proper nouns are not all in caps.
      They just starts with a cap.
      ... just one.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Mahon

    Who in the HELL decided that CAPITAL LETTERS was yelling???? This is an idiotic idea. I use CAPITALS for emphasis – not yelling and your thinking I am yelling is stupid. Worry about something serious!!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sammy

      BECAUSE WRITING IN ALL CAPS IS EMPHASIZING EVERY WORD AND THEREFORE YELLING. Although, you've proved the point that all caps is not the only way to look like you're yelling and ridiculous. Multiple '!'s also does the trick.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John K

      WHAT??? WHAT DID YOU SAY???!!!

      October 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freebird

      Damn Straight Sammy.

      October 23, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. DURK

    Billy Mays was Jesus didn't you get the whole beard thing?

    October 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    My eyes started hurting before I was done with the CAPS LOCK section. hahahahaha

    October 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BD70

    WHAT??? heh!

    October 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bill

    what about don't get a carp day???

    October 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Curmudgeon

    Back in the day before CRT monitors, mice, trackpads and so on, the Teletype was the only I/O device available for computers. Those early machines only had caps and later, when they were provided with a 'shift' function, it was not used to bring lower case to the party, rather the shift in/shift out was used to send control characters or in some cases, to shift a dual colored ribbon from black to red.

    October 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbowman90

      But these all caps systems live on. The military still sends official correspondence in all caps, and it drives me nuts because it's usually important information but hard to read, which is exactly what you don't want with important information. I often point out that the only reason it was all caps to begin with was teletypes, but I get blank stares as if the military thinks all caps is somehow fundamentally normal and why would it be any different.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niall

      jbowman90: Actually, I can see the point for military dispatches remaining in all-caps for legibility; within the same font, all capital latters will be clearly distinguishable from each other, hence legibility. Mixing uppercase and lowercase can bring problems, depending on the font: see this very site's Arial capital I and lowercase L: Il. I do not know personally, but I would expect (read: hope) that military dispatches are both uppercase and in a serif font, probably monospaced, for optimum quick legibility, and probably copiability if necessary. It would be a niche application, not a relaxed personal email setting.

      Mixed cap in street signs is stupid for the same reason, you need quick legibility when you're passing by in a car and have all of two seconds to see and recognise the name. If the only sign is kitty-corner to where you're waiting at the red light behind two other cars and it's really high, having it lowercase will make it illegible except for pedestrians standing immobile at that particular corner, certainly a very small subset of street sign users...

      October 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thumperfeets

    Just another expample of why we all need to get wiped out. I regret being human today.

    October 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. VeeZee

    ST-FU!

    October 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fricsaid

    I declare this "National Dumba$$ News Story Day". Take off work everybody. :o)

    October 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gilligan

    EVERYBODY LOOK AT ME I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ArSoN

    Some messages written in a CAPS LOCK manner shows anger... >,..,< Ouch...

    October 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ArSoN

    Nyahahaha... Is this the same issue as Jejemons? xD

    October 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark L.

    International Caps Lock Day??? LOL....YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT??? LMAO....{:o)

    October 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
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