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 MCCAIN

    YOU DADBURN KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN RIGHT NOW! I SEE YOU RIDING THOSE BIKES! WHAT'S WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY? LETS TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE CRAMMING IT DOWN OUR THROATS AND IMMIGRATION.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Idunno Y

    This story is pretty stupid...and comment about passwords is ignorant.

    If you want to be a caps-lock purist, you can easily type your case-sensitive password by using the SHIFT key to produce the lower-case letters.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    Is there anything we do NOT have a "day" for?

    October 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David Hayden

    I seem to always hit caps lock when i am logging in without realizing it, so i always pop off the caps lock key on my computer and chuck it in the trash. Life is good without caps lock.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alaska

    HAPPY CAPS LOCK DAY EVERYONE :>)

    October 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • TGIF Funny Posts Rule

      LOL (Tomorrow Lol. But, today it's LOL!) : )

      October 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dpm1228

    WHATEVER.............

    October 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. floyd

    LOAD AND LOCK YOUR CAPS, SAID SARAH PALIN.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ROCKWOOD

    I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!!!!!! WHAT???????? Ha, no seriously caps lock is yelling.....it always has been as long as I can remember. Even in manual typewriter days...... Then there was something about signing your name in red....but I can't remember what that meant, but you're never supposed to do it.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David B.

    RE: Erisian – "I'M PLEASED TO TAKE PART IN ANYTHING THAT ANNOYS THE GRAMMER NAZIS."

    It is called GRAMMAR (not "GRAMMER"). ;-)

    October 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bob

    WHEN I WAS A BOY ALL WE HAD WAS CAPITAL LETTERS. YOU SHOULD ALL BE HAPPY TO HAVE ANY LETTERS AT ALL!

    October 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TYPES IN ALL CAPS

    I TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I WRITE IN ALL CAPS.....THIS IS WHAT I SEE WHEN I PRINT AND IT'S EASIER FOR ME TO READ. DEAL WITH IT!!!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freebird

      I'm sorry but I can't get over it. I think we need to start jailing people for these errors. One day per improper cap, two days for run on sentences, etc....

      October 23, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. ME

    There is nothing happy about caps lock day. Let's not celebrate rudeness and ignorance.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vman

    I always wondered if the people who write these articles get paid for doing it?! ITS GARBAGE! and yes I meant to shout.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chips Handon

    I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE YELLING ABOUT!

    October 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TGIF Funny Posts Rule

      JUST BECAUSE!!!!

      October 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NIK84

    THE THOUGHT OF A CAPS LOCK DAY MAKES
    THIS WHOLE ARTICLE IS SO STUPID.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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