International Caps Lock Day is an interesting holiday celebrated around the world on October 22nd. This holiday serves to remind people that it is impolite to write in all caps. Everyone knows that the Caps Lock key capitalizes letters, but if messages arrive with just such letters, it can give the impression that the sender is shouting or expressing dissatisfaction.
International Caps Lock Day was founded in 2000 by Derek Arnold. As many other internet users, he had encountered the annoying communication style of typing in all caps. He wanted to ridicule those who use the function unnecessarily, and bring order to online communication. Typewriters, the forerunners of computers, only printed in capital letters. In 1870, Remington revolutionized the way people type by introducing upper and lower case letters and the Shift key.
- The most used keys are “T” and “E”.
- According to statistics, 60% of texts are typed with the left hand, while the right hand focuses on the mouse.
- One of the most common keyboard malfunctions is caused by liquid spills. In addition, experts find crumbs, dust and dirt inside the keyboard.
- In China, there are no hieroglyphs on the keyboard—only signs of phonetic writing and tones.
- Not so long ago, keyboards were designed only for the left or right hand.
How to take part
Take note of how often you use Caps Lock. If you have accidentally offended someone, it is time to apologize and never write in that font again. Spread the word about International Caps Lock Day by telling your friends and family, creating memes, and explaining the importance of polite online communication.
When is International Caps Lock Day celebrated in 2023?
International Caps Lock Day is observed on October 22 each year.