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Re: Email subject lines should be written:

by swampyankee (Parson)
on Sep 01, 2012 at 15:12 UTC ( #991163=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Email subject lines should be written:

Never in all uppercase -- it's rude. I usually use conventional US title-case.


Information about American English usage here and here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting. — emc


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Re^2: Email subject lines should be written:
by greengaroo (Hermit) on Sep 20, 2012 at 14:18 UTC

    It is funny how people, including myself, thinks of uppercase e-mail subject as being rude! When I read a subject in uppercase, in my head, I hear the person shouting! WHY IS THAT??? ... how can we interpret a text, according to the case?

    What about the font? A person who wrote in Courier New would speak like a robot, right? In Comic Sans, that would be a little girl? A text written in Helvetica would be from a Swiss Banker?

    And, a, text, with, too many, comma, would be, from, William, Shatner?

    There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
Re^2: Email subject lines should be written:
by swampyankee (Parson) on Sep 22, 2012 at 01:20 UTC

    All UPPERCASE is easy: it was used for emphasis in written English from before computers. I'm old enough to remember platforms that had no lowercase -- Univac 1108s, for example, used a 6-bit character set and had no lowercase letters -- but those systems predated email, and weren't used for actually communicating with people except in very constrained ways. BTW, Swiss bankers don't use Helvitica. They use Fraktur.


    Information about American English usage here and here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting. — emc

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