alan... wrote:i understand why about 90% of grammar rules are important. without them language can become very confusing. such as comma placement:
"let's eat grandma." or "let's eat, grandma."
however the one thing i don't get, obviously, is why in the world do we have to capitalize everything??? one of the only times this rule makes sense is if you're talking about a person or thing by name that is also a word. like talking about a man named "bob" while discussing fishing and how the fishing line has that plastic thing called a "bob" on it. if you capitalize "bob" the man then there's no confusion. other than that it seems like a total waste of time and we could all type much faster without the absurd capitalization. i'm not trying to talk people into doing this on dhammawheel specifically, i'm just speaking in general.
now obviously there are more instances where capitalization is important and useful, that's just one example. the most perplexing rule is capitalizing the beginning of every sentence.
is it so we know where each sentence begins? okay, then what are periods, exclamation points and question marks for?
have you been able to read everything on this page with no problem? i imagine so.
cooran wrote:Hello alan,
http://wordconstructions.com.au/blog/20 ... letters-2/
I guess it is to prevent confusion, and to have widely accepted rules, rather than personal inclination.
Viscid wrote:I was actually looking at the history of case recently-- and it's a relatively modern convention... Wikipedia: "There was no fixed capitalization system until the early 18th century."
Sentences look nicer when you use proper letter case, and I think it makes it a bit easier to read.
alan... wrote:however the one thing i don't get, obviously, is why in the world do we have to capitalize everything???
James the Giant wrote:alan... wrote:however the one thing i don't get, obviously, is why in the world do we have to capitalize everything???
Because that is the accepted convention, and in this pragmatic, conventional world, one who cannot properly use capitalisation is often seen as uneducated and quasi-illiterate.
Try getting a non-manual-labour job without a correctly capitalised CV and cover letter.
Convention. Tradition. Expectation. Standardisation. Peer pressure. Social Control. Conformity.
James the Giant wrote:Don't worry, it wasn't an insult.
I was making a jibe at conformity and convention and how if someone does something even slightly unusual or against the majority way - like not using capitals- they are judged.
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