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Friday, May 2, 2008

Criminal Sentence 9: Crazy Caps

From an ad in today's newspaper:

"All Prices slashed for Immediate liquidation."

Capital letters indicate you're starting a sentence or using a proper name. A proper name is a city's name, or a product's name, or a person's name, for example. "Prices" and "Immediate" are not proper names, so these words should start with a lowercase letter. I often see this random use of caps, perhaps an attempt to make words stand out.

I find It rather Annoying. And I wish Writers would Stop doing it.


Jacob said...

I agree! Using CAPS for emphasis is much more effective, and is also cleaner-looking. All prices SLASHED!

Love your WD articles!

The Sentence Sleuth said...

Thanks, Jacob. I have fun writing the articles. Any topics you wish I would cover?

Nyteowl said...


I love the blog and your entries. Keep up the great work.

The Sentence Sleuth said...

Thank you!