Please don’t type in all caps

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Okay, I know that there is a chance that this blog post may offend some of you. That is not my intent. My message today is something that needs to be said, because there are some that still don’t know.

When you are typing something that will be read by someone else, don’t type in all caps. It is rude. It is the equivalent of yelling. It is not necessary (unless you actually ARE “yelling”).


I recently saw this ad for a used computer on Craigslist:

THIS IS A 8 MONTH OLD MONITOR BARELY USED THE SELLING PRICE IS FIRM I WILL HAVE PIC UP IN A DAY OR 2 I AM ALSO SELLING A GATEWAY COMPUTER IT IS LABLED AS WINDOWS VISTA HOWEVER I HAD WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION PUT ON IT IT IS 3 MONTHS OLD SINCE I PUT EVERYTHING IN IT I AM ASKING 250.00 FIRM IF YOU ARE INTERSTED IN IT AND WOULD LIKE THE MONITOR ALSO THE TOTAL PRICE IS GOING TO BE 350.00 CASH PLEASE EMAIL ME AT *********@YAHOO.COM IN THE SUBJECT PUT CRAIGSLIST THANKS JIM OR YOU CAN CALL ME AT ********* LEAVE A MESSAGE IT IS MY GIRLFRIENDS PHONE SHE WILL LET ME KNOW I WILL HAVE PICS UP SUNDAY THE LAPTOP IS 5 MONTHS OLD I AM SELLING IT FOR 425.00 PAID 650.00 IT COMES WITH WINDOWS LIVE AND A CARRYING CASE IT IS A TOSHIBA A125 SATELLITE

Wow, it gives me a headache just trying to read that. Forget the fact that there is not a single sentence-ending period in that whole diatribe, forget the misspelled words, forget the bad grammar. The fact that it is typed in all caps is what gives it that Illiterate Loud Drill Sergeant effect. Is this really how you want your reader to perceive you? Of course not.

So, my dear friends to whom this may apply, please keep this in mind when you are typing your emails. It will make the internet a friendlier place.

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Anonymous
August 22nd, 2008

Some of this caps lock phenomenon may be from folks who have spent time in the military where they train you to print in upper case to avoid handwriting that can’t be read.

ONG Eng Ju
August 25th, 2008

Ha haah hah! That would mean that the stereotype of the Illiterate Drill Sergeant as the kind of person who types in ALL CAPS would only be reinforced! :>