Discovering The Truth

5 Mar
What's wrong with capital letters?
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THIS is the weekly theme from Viewfromtheside’s Blog. 

I was going to go with my Dad’s cancer diagnosis or my Mum’s issueI’vedecidednottotalkaboutafterall: something grim for a dull Saturday.  BUT as I was typing I had a real revelation; here it is:

I discovered the truth about why all newspaper articles start with the first word in capital letters.  IT’S not to catch the reader’s eye or make a bold point: it’s because the typist’s fingers are too quick for the brain.

THINK about it: how many times have you had to go back and re-type the first word of every sentence?  I do it all the time. 

THAT’S one puzzle solved.  TWELVE million to go.

24 Responses to “Discovering The Truth”

  1. vivinfrance March 5, 2011 at 14:20 #

    AN AHA moment.


  2. Kim Nelson March 5, 2011 at 14:41 #

    One puzzle solved.
    I mean, how many of us go through a day, a week, a month without staking that claim.


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2011 at 12:23 #

      I never pass up an opportunity to celebrate. Have a Malteser 🙂


  3. kateshrewsday March 5, 2011 at 16:19 #

    THANK you, Tilly, for solving the problem. Now I’ll alert the Times and they can arrange a slow-your-brain-down-to-the-speed-of-your-fingers training campaign.


  4. gigihawaii March 5, 2011 at 17:39 #

    Huh? Well, I am sure you will let us all know when you have a new revelation! Funny how the mind works.


  5. connetta March 5, 2011 at 17:42 #

    this is sooooo true. Funny how we tend to thnk as a writer no one else experiences the same things we do, (untill we read their work.)
    I like this .


  6. slpmartin March 5, 2011 at 17:53 #

    My first thought was …’Have you had your morning tea?’…a most interesting observation.:-)


  7. earlybird March 5, 2011 at 20:19 #

    ‘THINK about it: how many times have you had to go back and re-type the first word of every sentence? I do it all the time. ‘ ??? Do you really? How amazing.

    I never have unless it’s poetry and Word is
    Trying to be


    • vivinfrance March 6, 2011 at 08:37 #

      That’s sooo irritating. I taught my big computer not to do that, but can’t remember how I did it to train this laptop.


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2011 at 13:05 #

      That’s so annoying. I type my poems as paragraphs and then put them into lines. A bonus is that I sometimes accidentally put the line breaks elsewhere and find that they work better.


  8. musings March 5, 2011 at 21:01 #

    Sorry to say I have to re-type words all over the place, not just at the beginning. My brain is really going to pot.


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2011 at 13:05 #

      Much can be forgiven an early-years teacher.


  9. viewfromtheside March 5, 2011 at 21:46 #

    I so often have the first two letters in capitals that everyone now seems to just accept my unique typing style


  10. barb19 March 5, 2011 at 23:05 #

    So that’s why I do that – thanks Tilly!


  11. nrhatch March 5, 2011 at 23:24 #

    THANKS for solving this mystery. AS your faithful readers, we appreciate your steadfast efforts on our behalf. HAVE a wonderful day. 😛


  12. Pseu March 5, 2011 at 23:51 #

    TWo letters maybe

    but a whole word?




  13. Cindy March 6, 2011 at 04:29 #

    Thanks for the explanation, I do it all the time too 🙂



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