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Miss Prism



Aug 20, 05 - 4:25 PM
The Little Oblong Button

A note to some newer visitors.

If you examine your keyboard carefully, you will see that on each side there is an oblong button marked "shift". It may just have an upward-pointing arrow, but it is still the same button.

Should you hold down this button while typing other letters, you will get capital letters LIKE THIS.

You must make one capital letter at the beginning of every message you write. Then, every time you make a full stop you must make another capital letter. See?

When you use the word "I" (meaning yourself). You must make it a capital I, not a small i.

When you say a name, like Jane or Aristasia, put a capital letter at the beginning.

Writing without cappital letters looks sloppy. It is the written equivalent of going out in training shoes or a track-suit. You wouldn't do that would you? So don't write that way.
Miss Sarah



Aug 20th, 2005 - 9:16 PM
Re: The Little Oblong Button


Writing without cappital (sic) letters looks sloppy. It is the written equivalent of going out in training shoes or a track-suit. You wouldn't do that would you? So don't write that way.



Unfortunately, people indeed do that nowadays. In fact, even more annoying is the use of ALL CAPITALS as if that little oblong button is stuck to the keyboard. It is the written equivalent of talking to someone through a bullhorn within her earshot.
Miss Prism



Aug 20th, 2005 - 9:40 PM
Re: The Little Oblong Button

Please forgive my cappital offence. I think the "p" button became temporarily stuck down!
Miss Sarah



Aug 21st, 2005 - 4:19 AM
Re: The Little Oblong Button

Even more strange is that since the 1990s, all lower-case and 'camel-case' became wildly popular and seen as highly fashionable.
Lady Aquila



Aug 21st, 2005 - 10:23 AM
Re: The Little Oblong Button

One suspects that the psychology behind all-lower-case (among those who find it fashionable) is the general atmosphere of "levelling down" that is so predominant in the Pit. All lower-case writing immediately presents a world in which nothing is capitalised - nothing superior to anything else - and everything reduced to the level of the lowest.

Is this not the Pit's ideal expressed typographically?
Diana



Aug 21st, 2005 - 1:11 PM
Re: The Little Oblong Button

Levelling-down and sloppiness. How right Miss Prism was to suggest that no-capitals is the exact equivalent of training shoes and bits of tracksuit and all the other rag-bag jumble of bongo casual dress.

Dull, lifeless-looking fabrics or else garish ones; bits hanging off like something either unfinished or mutilated. Never a clean line. Never a hint of order or precision. What a perfect analogy bongo casual dress is for the cultural state of the Pit.

Would it be taking the typographical analogy too far to suggest that while no-capitals are equivalent to the dull, lifeless fabrics, all-capitals are equivalent to the garish ones?

After all, it isn't mere analogy in the loose sense, is it? The inner values - or anti-values - of a culture find precise expression in outward forms, whether clothes or typing.
Lady Aquila



Aug 21st, 2005 - 1:28 PM
Re: The Little Oblong Button

Or to put it another way: all the functions of a diseased organism parody the same functions of the healthy organism in a way that is precisely determined by:

a) the original nature of the healthy organism and

b) the exact nature and extent of the disease.




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