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mush16
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Nails
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capitol letters are superior to miny letters

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Started: 1/4/2010 Category: Education
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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mush16

Pro

YEAH !
They are BIGGER =)
Nails

Con

CAPITAL LETTERS ARE INCREDIBLY ANNOYING AND HARD TO READ. THERE IS A REASON WE HAVE TWO CASES OF LETTERS. TRYING TO READ A DEBATE (OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER) IS VERY HARD ON THE EYES AND QUICKLY GETS TEDIOUS. COMPARE THIS TO THE PARAGRAPH BELOW. IT IS FAR MORE STRENUOUS TO READ.

capital letters are incredibly annoying and hard to read. there is a reason we have two cases of letters. trying to read a debate (or anything else for that matter) is very hard on the eyes and quickly gets tedious. compare this to the paragraph above. it is far less strenuous to read.

This is why capital letters are used far less than lower-case letters in modern English.
Look at this average news article: http://www.theonion.com...
There are 2,203 characters, 45 of which were Capitalized.
Debate Round No. 1
mush16

Pro

Your arguments are accepted,but consider beyond the readability of the capitals, I personally find them clearer.
Capital letters are as shown in the following link, not necessarily and aspect of punctuation,
but being significant at the beginning of sentences they show the contrast in the beginning and the end of a statement.
Also used for names of people and places giving them a role to define when a name is just a word or a name.
Furthermore note that the page of rules regarding capital letters, is extensive showing the complex usage of a capital letter. In contrast the smaller case of letters, indeed form the body of the sentences,but only fill in the gaps between one capital and another.The correct usuage of the capital letters determines the differece of understanding in intelligence. In an English exam, incorrect usage or failure to use appropriate capital letters results in lower test results. Also capital letters give a lot more emotion in prose, they show exclamation, anger and surprise without any other means of punctuation. Thus the capital letters are the superior to small case letters.
They are the bomb.

resources:
http://www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk...
Nails

Con

Well, my opponent has made a convincing argument that capital letters increase the clarity of a sentence by differentiating between the beginning and the end of a sentence or between common and proper nouns. However, the resolution is that "capit[a]l letters are superior to min[i] letters." However, if that were the case, I ask you: wHY AREN'T SENTENCES WRITTEN LIKE THIS, pro? wE CAN STILL DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE BEGINNINGS OF SENTENCES AND PROPER NOUNS (SUCH AS tIGER wOODS OR mOUNT rUSHMORE.)

The answer is because it is less appealing. Capital letters are inferior, so we only use them when necessary, whereas we use lower-case letters all the time because they are quite easy on the eyes.

On a final note, PRO also mentioned,

"beyond the readability of the capitals, I personally find them clearer"

What could you mean by 'clearer' besides their readability?
Debate Round No. 2
mush16

Pro

I find capitals clearer because they are bigger, dominant and easy to recognise, warning signs etc are all usually writen in capitals because of this.
I would write eveerything in capitols only my keyboard only has about 26 keys (including numbers) and i have to copy and paste lower case s's,it would take too long. Also the way you have swapped the capitol and the lower case in your example is grammatically incorrect. Also if it were the case that it was the otherway around, then the lower case would then be the superior because it takes on the roles of what we know is a capitol letter.
Also, another example on the usage of small case to capitol.
Using the lower case more does not make them more significant because if we do something quite regularly,it loses it's significance. For e.g. If we celebrated our birthday everyday the importance of the birthday would reduce because the celebration is higher.

I feel that i have argued my point to a convincing standard and therefore feel that you should vote PRO
Nails

Con

There seem to be two main arguments.

1. Readability

First, my opponent has already conceded in round 2,
"Your arguments are accepted,but consider beyond the readability of the capitals..."

she hasn't contested the 'readability' of capital letters. This seems the most important part of a letter, since its only purpose is to be read.

Second, she tries to argue that "capitals [are] clearer because they are bigger"
She uses the example of all CAPs on signs.

I'll ask PRO (or anyone else interested) to do a simple experiment. Type a capital letter on MS Word. Now, type a lower-case letter beneath it. Highlight the lower-case letter and increase the font gradually. You will find that the lower-case letter soon becomes as large as the capital letter and, voila! Problem solved.

There is no written rule that lower-case letters must be smaller than a capital letter would in their place. In fact, you will find that street signs can quite easily substitute lower-case letters with no lost clarity: http://storage1.colony1.net...

The next issue is popularity in general usage.

My argument was that we use lower case letters far more often because they are more appealing and easy to read. PRO doesn't ever respond to this directly, but does make a similar argument that:

"if we do something quite regularly,it loses it's significance."

However, if we only do something irregularly, we rarely benefit from it. Would you only drive to work or school on special occasions, and walk on all other days instead? No. We recognize driving's superiority to walking, so we drive regularly. It might make driving less 'significant' (whatever that means) but that is not what we are debating at all. We choose the superior option all the time in our daily routines, from transportation, to occupation, to clothing, even to letter-cases. We use lower-case letters because they are superior, clearer, and easier to read, thus the resolution is negated.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Protagoras 7 years ago
Protagoras
i think this debate was closer than the scores reflect, however i was more convinced by con.
Posted by mush16 7 years ago
mush16
P.s notice how you used a capital at the beginning of Wow, Nailz, You're and P.s oh and Notice
Posted by dpflames786 7 years ago
dpflames786
Wow! Another great debate Nailz. Your good at this.

P.S. Notice how we are mostly using small letters?
Posted by RoyLatham 7 years ago
RoyLatham
Since Pro didn't define "superior" so the dictionary definition in the context of the debate applies. The definition "above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence, etc." seems to best fit the context. Pro granted they were annoying, which grants that they are not above average. Arguments to Con.

Pro misspelled "capital" and "tiny" in the resolution, and confused "tiny" with "lowercase." S&G to Con.

Conduct, sources a tie.
Posted by Chrysippus 7 years ago
Chrysippus
C: tied.

SP/G: tied. Considering the nature of this debate, I thought it better not to cavil over this point.

A: Con. Pro conceded.

S: tied.
Posted by Chrysippus 7 years ago
Chrysippus
Superior: greater in quantity or amount; higher in place or position.
http://dictionary.reference.com...

Capital letters are larger and taller than lowercase letters. Clearly, they are superior, being both greater in size and taller in position.
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