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Old 07-07-2022, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default typing with no capital letters?

Can someone please explain this to me? I think it's a "Gen Z" thing????

They type texts and emails and don't use capital letters. Is this a "cool kid" thing? And does it have anything to do with the slang "no cap?"

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Old 07-07-2022, 07:40 PM   #2
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I did that on my xanga blog in the early 2000 era to be cool.
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Old 07-07-2022, 07:45 PM   #3
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I did that on my xanga blog in the early 2000 era to be cool.
I have never heard of a xanga blog. I'm feeling old!
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Default Re: typing with no capital letters?

I don't know, but my teenage boy doesnít punctuate, either. I have tried to explain why commas are important, (Let's eat grandma! Vs. "Let's eat, Grandma!") but he doesn't think it matters.

Constant autocorrect doesn't help! I had to go back and change several words in my post just now, and there are probably some I missed.
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I did that on my xanga blog in the early 2000 era to be cool.
I wonder if I found out about GCM because of xanga. I had a xanga blog too. Met friends online there I later met in person.

I donít get the no caps thing either.
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Old 07-08-2022, 10:05 PM   #6
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Default Re: typing with no capital letters?

It's viewed as more friendly and approachable.
Some people will turn off auto-capitalization, others will go with whatever the default setting is (so you can tell if they're on their phone or computer by whether their message has capitals).
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Old 07-09-2022, 07:59 AM   #7
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Default Re: typing with no capital letters?

Cap/no cap has to do with lying. (cap is lying; no cap is telling the truth)

The young'uns view punctuation as harsh. And no capitalization unless needed for emphasis.

My daughter and my students have learned to put up with my punctuating, capitalizing ways.
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Default Re: typing with no capital letters?

I always assumed it was for speed typing or one-handed typing.
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Cap/no cap has to do with lying. (cap is lying; no cap is telling the truth)

The young'uns view punctuation as harsh. And no capitalization unless needed for emphasis.

My daughter and my students have learned to put up with my punctuating, capitalizing ways.
Oh, my. They know how to use it for papers and careers though?!?!

Thanks for sharing.
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Default Re: typing with no capital letters?

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Cap/no cap has to do with lying. (cap is lying; no cap is telling the truth)
Yep. This is definitely their slang, too. I'm an elder Millennial (turn 38 in November, God willing), and no one my age ever used that slang. I learned it from them in Discord video game chats last year. Never ever saw or heard of it until then.

I'm just glad this new generation is getting attention now. Millennials are no longer all that young anymore, and it's time for another generation to get their turn, lol.

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Boomers 1946-64
X 1965-1980 (DH is one of these, born 1977)
Millennials 1981-1996
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Alpha 2013-present

I don't think most Americans know what the generational breakdowns are, so I always keep that reference handy. I think most just view Boomers as anyone older than 40 and Millennials as anyone under that. But there are six living generations (technically seven, but most of the Greatest Generation are deceased now).
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