is it time to say goodbye to uppercase?

colorful uppercase letters

my smartphone likes to make all kinds of corrections to my text messages. it autocorrects spelling mistakes and adds capitalization to the beginning of my sentences.

while i appreciate the corrections to my spelling mistakes (most of the time), i’m beginning to wonder if there’s any point to fixing the capitalization. i mean, with or without the capitalization, my recipients can both read and comprehend what i’m saying.

so many benefits

i mean really, life would go on these days without uppercase letters, right? in fact, think of all of the benefits of an uppercase-less world:

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  • there would be no more shouting in text messages or email.
  • computer keyboards would need fewer keys (no shift or caps lock key).
  • typing speeds would increase. no more wasting time pressing shift keys. surely, this would add up to a lot of keystrokes over time.
  • no more worrying about those odd mixed case words and names like ipod or mccarthy.
  • kids could learn handwriting in half the time. no more uppercase printed or cursive letters. besides, who really knows how to write an uppercase capital q in cursive anyway?

seriously, can anyone give me one good reason why we need uppercase letters any more? convince me in a comment below.

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8 Comments

  1. Ruth Wilfong

    My English teacher would probably roll over in her grave.

  2. Kathy

    Are you kidding me? It’s disrespectful! People who don’t capitalize are either uneducated or just lazy. Both of which are unacceptable.

    • Patric Welch

      Kathy – but would it be lazy if uppercase no longer existed? That’s my point.

  3. Auriette

    Sometimes it’s nice to be able to emphasize something in all-caps. Plus proper nouns and titles should be capitalized to set them apart from just a collection of random words. It helps us to understand each other, just like proper punctuation. Plus, along the lines of what Kathy said, it’s just lazy and stupid not to type correctly.

    And where have you been? A lot of kids aren’t even being taught handwriting any more.

    • Patric Welch

      Auriette, good point but people find ways to emphasize words even without uppercase. For example, this word is *emphasized*. Now the proper nouns would be trickier. But perhaps a new way to do it would come out of this. Like, my name is *patric *welch.

  4. Ruth Fichter

    Wouldn’t it be better to actually go back to using the English language correctly, grammatically, with proper capitalization and punctuation? What a novel concept! I, for one, am sick of trying to “translate” what passes for communication these days. All small letters, atrocious spelling, bad grammar, and precious little punctuation has made me skip even trying to read some of the blathering I encounter.

  5. Georgia

    For those of us who are visually challenged the uppercase only makes sense.

  6. Patric Welch

    Thanks for you comments everyone. I think a lot of the responses stem from the fact that we already know what uppercase is and how we should use it. I’m trying to get people to think what life would be like without it. So in a sense, I’m not saying don’t use uppercase. I’m more saying pretend what life would be like if it never existed in the first place.

    Curious, did anyone have any trouble reading this blog post as I didn’t use a single uppercase letter in the entire post?