DID YOU KNOW there are *two* CAPS LOCK DAYS we can celebrate? June 28th and October 22. WOO HOO!
IT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT TO SAY WE LOVE TYPOGRAPHY HERE AT PUNKY JANE, SO IT SEEMS ONLY NATURAL THAT WE CELEBRATE ANY DAY THAT INVOLVES LETTERS.
Sorry, I can’t keep this up. I'm not shouting after all.
The original Caps Lock Day was October 22nd. In 2000, Derek Arnold, a software developer in Iowa wanted everyone to press the Caps Lock key on the day and type only in upper case letters. He was doing it to essentially make fun of Westerners and our use of capitalization.
June 28th became a secondary Caps Lock Day to honor the infomercial icon known for shouting, Billy Mays, when he passed away in 2009.
The caps lock key originated as the “Shift Lock” key on a typewriter, originating in 1878. It returned again in the '70s and '80s when personal computers began to hit the market and their keyboards became more like typewriters.
This little helper might become obsolete, though, with Google removing the key from Chromebooks entirely and many people becoming annoyed with those who type in all caps.
WE STILL LIKE A GOOD USE OF CAPS LOCK NOW AND THEN, but we promise not to use it too much.