I was on a theatre site the other day, and noticed that someone had posted without using capitals. In response, another person had commented about the poster’s grammatical imperfections, indicating they couldn’t be successful until this was rectified. As there weren’t many grammatical errors as such (maybe a missing apostrophe or two), I could only surmise that the commentor’s problem was with the lack of capitals. Apparently, according to the commentor, the post was unprofessional.
Some of you may have noticed that I don’t use capitals when I comment or email in a social context. I love not using capitals – there’s something about the informality of it that relaxes me. I’ve done it almost since I first started using email (ahem – 13 years ago, dare I say), and it has become a part of me. In all other respects, I follow standard grammatical rules, but no capitals means fun for me and is a part of my self-expression.
That’s why I think it’s sad that the person who had originally written the post had not been understood in this context. It felt to me that their personal expression was being criticised (and criticised quite sharply, I have to say). However, I also take on board what the commentor was saying about a lack of capitals appearing unprofessional, and that writers need to adjust to their audience (something that is a basic tenet of the writer’s life).
Does anyone else have any thoughts on the use of capitals?