What's the deal with Sarcastic Caps? You know The Kind I Mean.
Connoisseurs of snark will be long familiar with this Little Trick: capitalizing Certain Words in a sentence in order to express what I guess you would call Sarcastic Importance. (NO, NOT LIKE THIS -- THIS MEANS INTERNET SHOUTING AND MOTORMOUTHINESS.) What I'm talking about is Much More Subtle than that.
I see it All The Time on snarkfests like Wonkette, and have been partial to it myself
. It seems to only "work" on short phrases instead of single words For Some Reason.
So, where does this Ubiquitous Technique come from? Does it have a name? And why is it so good at conveying sarcasm?
The best guess I could make is that it's based on the Seemingly Random capitalizations found in Distinguished Documents like the Declaration of Independence (previously
), but I don't see how that gets transferred to Sarcastic Internet Writing. Alas, the topic is Sadly Un-Googleable.
Anybody got any ideas?