Vague ramblings

Not such a capital idea

Posted in Musing by Ian Cundell on 15 October, 2006

The Web has a Lot to Answer for.

Just as the appalling tendency to Capitalise anything that could be construed as a Noun – or, for that matter, anything that Sounded Cool – was being squeezed out of the English writing Habit, the Web brings it back.

The trouble with electronic communications is that it is Instant. Experienced business people forget that the email just sent is a Business Letter and just type and send. But the Web – well, you would think the design process would weed such nonsense out, but apparently Not.

Except where starting a sentence, none of the capitals in this piece are either necessary or desirable. Redundant capitalisation is never a good thing.

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  1. Kate Allan said, on 6 November, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    What Are You Saying?!

  2. paris.longue said, on 2 May, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    “The trouble with electronic communications is that it is Instant.”Jeez. No!”The trouble with electronic communications is that THEY ARE [plural] Instant.” or “The trouble with electronic communication [singular] is that it is Instant.”You’re kidding about teaching other people to write. Right? Aren’t you?

  3. Ian Cundell said, on 2 May, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    *sigh*God, there are some tiresome bores about

  4. paris.longue said, on 2 May, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    What? Like people who “right the writing” of others?!I ain’t the one who made a whole website out of doing it … badly.

  5. Ian Cundell said, on 3 May, 2007 at 12:39 am

    No, you’re just making a hobby out of trolling. Badly.


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