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Playing around with capitalization in the English language

Letters on a typewriter.
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Have you noticed that some people are spelling their names using all lower-case letters?

We have.

And that got us wondering about why people choose to do this, and where all the capitalization rules came from.

It's a perfect chance to turn to our language expert: Anne Curzan is a professor of English at the University of Michigan, and can be heard every weekend with Rina Miller on That's What They Say.

Curzan weighs in on caps or no caps.