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. kathleen

    I already can't stand the whinnnny babies who say " I ALREADY CAN'T STAND LOOKING AT THIS POST IN ALL CAPS " .

    Caps is actually easier to read for many and all the people it drives crazy are actually repressed anal retentive or frustrated eunuchs or . . . { name your dysfunction here } .

    Get a life already and give us a vacation from your incessant sniveling .
    THANKS

    October 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ALWAYS IN CAPS

    THIS IS MY LIFE EVERYDAY! WELCOME. I ALWAYS USE CAPS BECAUSE THE SYSTEM I WORK IN IS IN ALL CAPS. HAPPY CAPS LOCK DAY

    October 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. austinwpt

    wHeN pEopLe tYpE lIkE tHiS iTz MoRe aNNoYiN!

    October 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ginger

    I truly enjoyed reading this thread.....I MEAN, I TRULY ENJOYED IT.

    October 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jOMAMA

    cOMING SOON. cAPS INVERSION DAY.

    yOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!

    i hate ALL CAPS.

    October 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JOHN MCCAIN

    I HAD JELLO TODAY

    October 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. not okay

    I HATE PEOPLE WHO TYPE IN CAPS!!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Agrisol

    happy covering something totally pointless because we are totally lame day!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. OLDFART

    SEE HERE'S THE DEAL. I USED TO DO THIS ALL THE TIME, HAD MY OWN BUSINESS AND WROTE MANY MEMOS AND I CAN TYPE MUCH FASTER WITHOUT THE STUPID SHIFT KEY. THIS WAS BEFORE AL GORE INVENTED THE INTERNET (YES, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THERE WAS NO INTERNET). THEN THE PLANET WARMED UP TO THE INTERNET AND ALL YOU CAP-HATERS WERE BORN. WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO CHANGE NOW? I THINK YOU ALL SHOULD CHANGE. ALL CAP HATERS ARE DEMOCRATS.

    October 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freebird

      Thank you Oldfart, I enjoyed your post. I see now that a lot of folks use CAPS for many reasons other then yelling. Now I'm on the fence, along with abortion, capital punishment, gun laws, religion and gay marriage. Damn it, just when I thought I finally had a cause to side on. (S)

      October 23, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. not okay

    PEOPLE WHO TYPE IN ALL CAPS MAKE ME SICK!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HATTIE

    INTERNATIONALLY, CAPITAL LETTERS PROVIDE ONE ALPHABET, NOT TWO, FOR PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES TO LEARN ENGLISH, OR READ WHATEVER. DO YOU KNOW IN AMERICA WE HAVE TWO WRITTEN ALPHABETS, AND TWO PRINTED ALPHABETS, MAKING FOUR ALPHABETS!

    October 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. THANDOS

    YAY! IT'S BILLY MAYES DAY!

    October 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GARBANZO

    STOP YELLING!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JonathanPDX

    Death to the Caps Lock Key!

    October 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. guest

    @QWERTY CAPSLOCK, and Engineer Mom, et al. great posts. Apparently, all those born after 1990 actually hear screaming. I hope this is not some accelerated Darwinian thing going on here.

    October 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
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