Posted Sunday, 07 January 2007, 7:50 pm
Confession time. I have a nasty habit. It’s filthy, it’s hard to control, I’m guilty of indulging it at just about any time, and I’m really, really, trying to get this monkey off my back.
It’s called "lazy caps".
I’ve been doing it for years. It started innocently enough as merely a bit of rebelling against The Man. I mean, what’s the point? The word "Point" and the word "point" mean exactly the same thing. There’s no difference whatsoever. So if the meaning never changes, why do I have to capitalize point just because it’s the first word of a sentence? Only Fools need Rules, preach it!
The problem is…well, the problem is it makes one look poorly educated and…lazy. Thus, ‘lazy caps’.
Admittedly, I am indeed lazy. No question about it. But I always excused it as being a pragmatic response to expediency. That extra throw of the little finger just to capitalize a letter—it’s wasted effort dang it! And I’m a busy, busy guy! I can’t be troubled with these little nuisances. I have information to share, time is of the essence!
Why an entire post about it? To alert my faithful readership that you may note that almost every post here has been – or will be – updated to correct as much of the lazy caps as I can find. So as you’re eagerly absorbed in merriment reading through my vast archives, don’t be alarmed that I’ve gamed the posts to add savory bits for your further titillation. No sir. I’m merely correcting ‘i’ to ‘I’ a few hundred thousand times.