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A question about English
Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 15, 2011 11:41PM
Why do people start sentences with lower case letters on internet forums?

i just don't get it.
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: haikuman
Date: February 15, 2011 11:44PM
the devil makes them do it ~!~devil smileyjest smiley



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Re: A question about English
Posted by: silvarios
Date: February 15, 2011 11:51PM
Laziness, efficiency, or perhaps just a typo. Take your pick. Forums are less formal, most people use a more relaxed form of written communication because of it. <--Take a look at that clunker for but one example. ;)
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: Drew
Date: February 15, 2011 11:54PM
THAT'S WHY I RECOMMEND ALL CAPS TO ALL OF MY CLIENTS.
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: Doc
Date: February 16, 2011 12:00AM
why


?.

wuz wrng w tat?
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 16, 2011 12:21AM
i guess what i dont understand is that by intentionally breaking all of the rules it makes communications more difficult the whole point of writing is to make a point if you break all of the rules for the hell of it makes it more difficult to make your point if people do not get your point what is the point of writing another really big problem is that by breaking rules for the fun of it people focus on the mechanics of how things are written instead of what was written this means that you are not getting your point across get it?
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: silvarios
Date: February 16, 2011 12:39AM
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freeradical
i guess what i dont understand is that by intentionally breaking all of the rules it makes communications more difficult the whole point of writing is to make a point if you break all of the rules for the hell of it makes it more difficult to make your point if people do not get your point what is the point of writing another really big problem is that by breaking rules for the fun of it people focus on the mechanics of how things are written instead of what was written this means that you are not getting your point across get it?

If I understand your point, doesn't that actually disprove it? I was able to read your poorly formatted message and I agree, but wait, how can I agree if my comprehension of your message is unaffected?

Ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A paradox.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/16/2011 12:40AM by silvarios.
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: February 16, 2011 01:14AM
Capitalisation is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

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Re: A question about English
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: February 16, 2011 01:14AM
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freeradical
Why do people start sentences with lower case letters on internet forums?

i just don't get it.

why isn't your forum handle capitalized, Mister?





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Re: A question about English
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: February 16, 2011 01:18AM
Why do people start sentences with lower case letters on internet forums?

I chalk it up to laziness with a touch of Internet Cool Affectation.

Some people don't use any uppercase letters or any punctuation. It makes it a little tedious for me to read, so I pass.

Worse yet are those who write long missives without benefit of paragraphs. I don't bother with those. Skip right over them.

English was never my strong point. I hated it in school, especially diagramming sentences. That may technically be grammar rather than English. Who knows. But I try to follow basic conventions because it makes for easier reading, and I try not to develop too many bad habits.

But seeing as we're all hanging out at the Internet, something that bugs me is the use of "so" at the beginning of a sentence as though it's meant continue a thread in a conversation that doesn't exist, usually as an answer to a question. A lot of people in the tech world do this all the time. Drives me crazy.




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Re: A question about English
Posted by: haikuman
Date: February 16, 2011 01:23AM
so what are you trying to say... ?

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Re: A question about English
Posted by: M>B>
Date: February 16, 2011 02:34AM
Most search engines and search fields ignore upper and lower case letters. Just try it...

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Re: A question about English
Posted by: kap
Date: February 16, 2011 04:52AM
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voodoopenguin
Capitalisation is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

Paul
jest smiley ... now how do I capitalize that smiley?



SoCal for now.
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: kap
Date: February 16, 2011 04:54AM
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freeradical
i guess what i dont understand is that by intentionally breaking all of the rules it makes communications more difficult the whole point of writing is to make a point if you break all of the rules for the hell of it makes it more difficult to make your point if people do not get your point what is the point of writing another really big problem is that by breaking rules for the fun of it people focus on the mechanics of how things are written instead of what was written this means that you are not getting your point across get it?

Now imagine all that written in text-message mode.



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Re: A question about English
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 16, 2011 06:06AM
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voodoopenguin
Capitalisation

And on top of that you get all these Brits using s's instead of z's!




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Re: A question about English
Posted by: Dakota
Date: February 16, 2011 06:52AM
Post this question to the other side. You will get helpful answers.



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Re: A question about English
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 16, 2011 07:11AM
Because they did not post using an iOS device.
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: haikuman
Date: February 16, 2011 07:38AM
how can i say tactfully anal retentiveness may be a virtue....... or snot jest smiley



“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
Steve Jobs

"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
G.D. Kittredge III

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Re: A question about English
Posted by: billb
Date: February 16, 2011 08:46AM
no freehand ?

you want spaces too ?
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: comaplate
Date: February 16, 2011 08:57AM
they must
have
read
too many

e.e.
cummings
poems
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Re: A question about English
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 16, 2011 09:26AM
......gonna' bust a CAP in anyone that does that from now on......!!!!



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Re: A question about English
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: February 16, 2011 09:47AM
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silvarios
Laziness, efficiency, or perhaps just a typo. Take your pick. Forums are less formal, most people use a more relaxed form of written communication because of it. <--Take a look at that clunker for but one example. ;)

Ending a sentence with a preposition is an insult up with which I will not put.



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Re: A question about English
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: February 16, 2011 10:01AM
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RAMd®d
Why do people start sentences with lower case letters on internet forums?

Internet Cool Affectation.

What is this? I don't even...





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Re: A question about English
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 16, 2011 10:07AM
....as if.....



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Re: A question about English
Posted by: (vikm)
Date: February 16, 2011 01:15PM
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freeradical
i guess what i dont understand is that by intentionally breaking all of the rules it makes communications more difficult the whole point of writing is to make a point if you break all of the rules for the hell of it makes it more difficult to make your point if people do not get your point what is the point of writing another really big problem is that by breaking rules for the fun of it people focus on the mechanics of how things are written instead of what was written this means that you are not getting your point across get it?

I've no answer. I wills ay that I had little to no problem ready that as written. Maybe I've read too much incorrectly formatted writings on the internet?

Outside of the longest run-on sentences you will ever read as well as the need to improperly use ellipses to create a pause... I try to follow the "rules".

I also wonder why it is needed to have both capitalization as well as punctuation. Wouldn't punctuation suffice in most cases?

Also, I'm conditioned to be less likely to read a paragraph of 500 words as compared to reading a number of smaller paragraphs consisting of the same number of words. Makes no sense. I think we sell the brain short on it's ability to comprehend without these little helpers. That seems like actual laziness to me.
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