But... but... she doesn't capitalize!
I am so writing a script to prop-cap web pages. So much good writing, buried under so many annoying affectations!
True... but she's capable of writing "with x and y and me" instead of "with x and y and I," so she gets at least one goodie point.
Really... how much trouble is it to capitalize? If it slows you down too much, take a typing class. Mavis Beacon teaches capitalization.
I think it's "expressiveness". And I'm a hypocrite on the subject, because I deliberately flaunt the rules of punctuation within quotation marks.
The writing itself is better than fine. But it's like listening to a great orator who has a major nose-whistle going on.
do you flaunt them, or flout them? (maybe both, it sounds like.)
personally, i resist capitalizing not because it slows me down (which it doesn't), but because there's so much unnecessary capitalization out there. between all caps and random unpredictable title-casing, the net is full of capital letters. i'm aiming for balance. :-) i know that does bug some people, and i apologize.
*whacks head* I was originally thinking that I flaunt my individualized approach, then that I flouted the rules, and then I just got stupid. er.
While I approve of balance-seeking, I fear that your approach may lead to some interstitial stage of ubiquitous quasi-capitalization, in which we are all trapped in some sort of Schroedinger's typeface that exists between the discrete letter-states, rendering communication impossible, disrupting our view of the universe and our place in it, threatening the traditional role of marriage, and leading to much weeping and gnashing of sheep.
gnashing of sheep. heh.
what i think my approach does, actually, is make it more significant when i do capitalize something. because i'm not doing so for artificial, that's-how-it's-done reasons; if i present something with an initial capital, it's because i've Chosen to. (see?) here on the net, anyway. in academic writing (and cover letters, applications, etc.), i'm not prepared to thumb my nose at the Way Things Are Done quite yet. so really, the balance-seeking approach is, on so many levels, an assertion of free will.
2004-01-30 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: i agree
If you hadn't said anything, I would have thought you were trying to be amusing.
You know, your genetics and upbringing and the Will of the Almighty predetermined your stance on capitalization.
For myself, it's not so much of a Right Way issue. Initial capitals have come to form a visual rhythm I associate with sentence structure. Moderate indulgence in Significant Capitalization harmonizes just fine with that; but neglect of the Initial Capital creates a polyrhythmic grammatical dissonance. I can read around it, but I keep wanting to swat at the metasyntactic mosquito that keeps buzzing in my mind's ear.
She writes so well and so eloquently otherwise that I don't even notice. And I'm usually a stickler. Go figure.
Oh, you're right; she's worth it. But still. Dang it all!
2004-01-30 12:20 am (UTC)
Capitalization is overrated.
I am also usually a stickler for such things, but not only did I overlook it, but by the third or fourth sentence, I stopped noticing it. And by the way, zoethe, I took Ferrett's advice and friended you. And he's not lying; you are a good writer!
2004-01-30 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Capitalization is overrated.
Why, thank you. I sort of feel pressured to be "significant," now that I have all these new readers, but I will just have to keep being myself and let significance (otherwise known as Ranting) come at its own natural rhythm.