lc typing (was SHOUTING; emphasis?)

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Thu Sep 12 10:21:41 UTC 2002

Below is an exchange from steve k and arnold z re lower-case typing.  This
made me think of:

1. e.e. cummings

2. the fact that my kids (and their peers, I'd bet) do email in all lower
case; this is widespread practice

I'm old-fashioned, and generally do caps in the stylistically usual places,
even in email.  It's just a personal preference.

Frank Abate

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
Of Arnold Zwicky
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 4:19 PM
Subject: Re: SHOUTING; emphasis?

steve kleinedler:
 >arnold zwicky is my typographical hero.

to give proper credit: i got it from ellen prince.  it is much
easier for me than mixed-case typing.  but then i type with only
two fingers (on my right hand, using one finger on my left for
shift, ctrl, and alt).  in any case, lower-case typing is faster
for me and causes fewer errors.

as a corollary, i now find all-lc text as easy to read as
mixed-case text.  (these are subjective judgments, not experimental

arnold (zwicky at

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