national lowercase day

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This fun “holiday”, established in 2011, plays with language in a way that makes texters happy. Today, capital letters are ignored in favor of using lowercase letters.

I’m actually one who observes traditional grammar and punctuation when I text. I did briefly consider typing this post all in lowercase, to celebrate national lowercase day. However, that thought truly was brief. As you can see, I opted for the usual.

To appreciate the day, I offer instead rules to help stop overcapitalizing. Capital letters are appropriate for specific uses, such as beginning a sentence, proper names and titles. Many writers tend to overuse them though. The following tips will help.

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E. E. Cummings

Before posting rules to prevent overusing capital letters, I must mention poet E. E. Cummings. This man appreciated lowercase letters!

E. E. Cummings often wrote his poems all in lowercase and frequently omitted punctuation as well.

Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894. He attended high school there, where he studied Latin and Greek. He later graduated with a BA and MA from Harvard. Cummings is regarded as one of the most innovative and creative poets of his time. He experimented with poetic form and language, ultimately creating his own distinctive writing style.

Cummings used lowercase letters in his poems, along with invented words and words used in nontraditional ways. He also created visually intriguing patterns across the page with his words. By his death in 1962, E. E. Cummings was recognized as a great lyrical poet who made experimental poetry attractive to readers.

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Innovative poet, E. E. Cummings would appreciate national lowercase day!
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in honor of national lowercase day, “love is a place”, by e.e. cummings

Words to Stop Capitalizing

Using capital letters and lowercase letters correctly matters, unless, like E. E. Cummings, your writing style is considered innovative. For the rest of us, proper usage makes us look smarter and more professional and polished. Plus, the message we hope to convey comes through, without the distraction caused by misuse of capital and lowercase letters.

Here are easy to learn rules, about when to use lowercase and when to use capital letters.

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Directions

Directions such as east and west are not capitalized, unless they are used in an address. Directional words in addresses are typically abbreviated anyway.

Correct: 1234 W. Happy Street or 5678 West Highway 32

Incorrect: 1234 w. Happy Street or 5678 west Highway 32

Correct: I’m driving east on Main Street.

Incorrect: I’m driving East on Main Street.

Seasons

In the same way, seasons are written in lowercase as well, unless they are part of a title or event.

Correct: I love spring!

Incorrect: I love Spring!

Correct: I’m attending the Downtown Fall Festival Saturday.

Incorrect: I’m attending the Downtown fall Festival Saturday.

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Special Occasions

Words for events such as birthday, anniversary and party are not capitalized, unless they are included with someone’s name as a special occasion.

Correct: I hope you have a fun anniversary!

Incorrect: I hope you have a fun Anniversary!

Correct: You are invited to Molly’s 13th Birthday Party.

Incorrect: You are invited to Molly’s 13th birthday party.

Correct: Happy Birthday, George!

Incorrect: Happy birthday, George!

Correct: Have a happy birthday, George.

Incorrect: Have a Happy Birthday, George.

Job Titles and Careers

Job titles use lowercase, unless they come before your name.

Correct: I’m a professor at the university.

Incorrect: I’m a Professor at the university.

Correct: I’m Professor Anderson.

Incorrect: I’m professor Anderson.

Careers don’t require capital letters, typically, unless used in a title.

Correct: Bart is a writer.

Incorrect: Bart is a Writer.

Correct: Bart is attending the SW Missouri Writer’s Conference.

Incorrect: Bart is attending the SW Missouri writer’s conference.

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Important Sounding Words

Sometimes, to show the importance of a word, we capitalize when we should use lowercase.

Correct: I majored in business in college.

Incorrect: I Majored in Business in college.

Correct: Karen is a big supporter of pet rescue agencies.

Incorrect: Karen is a big Supporter of Pet Rescue Agencies.

Correct: Karen is a supporter of the Pet Rescue Agency of Dallas.

Incorrect: Karen is a Supporter of the pet rescue agency of Dallas.

Happy national lowercase day

Writing certainly has standardized rules. Those rules about grammar, punctuation and upper and lowercase letters help us to make sense of the words we write and read.

However, it is also true that every writer has his or her own unique style. I hope these tips help in your every day messages and social media posts, as you develop your own personal writing style.

Now, can we discuss punctuation and run on sentences?

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national lowercase day poem by e.e. cummings

Check out this website, to see how well you do using capital and lowercase letters.

www.grammarbook.com

And try this fun five sentence writing challenge!

E. E. Cummings for national lowercase day:

 

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Comfortable in My Own Skin 

It was a busy day today, in my real estate world…a full day in what has been a full week. As I was heading home this evening, my first thought was an early bedtime. My second thought was what to write about tonight. 

I checked the national holiday list. Nothing inspired me or was doable, until I saw this one:

                           National Nude Day 

I was amused by that one! And then I couldn’t get that national day out of my mind. This past spring I participated in Naked Gardening Day for the first time. Who knew there were multiple holidays that celebrate the natural human form? I had found my inspiration for the day. 

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It is interesting, the swirl of emotions around nudity. The exploitation of of women, men and children in the porn industry has skewed our views toward the human body in its natural state, which is a shame. And most definitely, people do need to be protected and cherished, rather than abused. 

I am thinking that self image and feelings of shame have more to do though with our discomfort in being naked. When we avert our eyes from our own image in the mirror after a shower, that isn’t modesty…that’s shame or self judgment. 

That’s the purpose behind this unusual holiday…to shed restrictions and beliefs along with clothes and appreciate the body au natural. 

Comfortable in My Own Skin
Comfortable in My Own Skin

While traveling in Italy, I noticed a vast difference in attitudes toward nudity. We were, quite literally, surrounded by nakedness there. Most of the sculptures and paintings that we viewed featured nude subjects so the artists’ work could be more easily seen and appreciated in the fine details of muscles and bone structures. It was an emotional experience to stand before the statue of David and see Michelangelo’s genius. Yes, David was naked…and also incredibly beautiful. The sculpture would not have the same impact if David stood before us in shepherd’s robes. At the beach in Monterosso, there were topless and nude sunbathers. Rather than being embarrassed, I loved the freedom expressed. 

I researched the health benefits of spending time sans clothing. They include:

• A better night’s sleep by reducing body temperature and restrictions caused by tight fitting pjs. 

• Smoother, healthier skin

• Increased body awareness 

• Absorption of vitamin D when nude sunbathing is practiced

• Lowering of shame and increased self image

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With all those benefits in mind, I was ready to celebrate National Nude Day. I chose to do so in my own home, in my room, with the blinds drawn. I lit candles and added Young Living Thieves Oil to the diffuser. I love that oil’s spicy scent. 

With my improved health and vitality this year, I have a renewed appreciation for my body. Is it perfect? No. Does it do the very best that it can? Yes! Even when I was not nourishing it with health giving, nutritious food, my body did its best. Now that I am caring for myself in the best possible way, it is responding beautifully with glowing skin and a more fit physique. 

I enjoyed relaxing in my bedroom tonight, au natural, reading and preparing for this blog post. And, I set up my camera for a little impromptu photo shoot. No worries. This post is entirely suitable for anyone to view. I had fun, though, reveling in my healthy body with some playful pics. 

And that, I think, was the best way to celebrate this holiday. Thoughtful research, a playful attitude and a spontaneous photo shoot were combined with sincere gratitude for my body. Happy National Nude Day!

Comfortable in My Own Skin