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Okay, I've been wondering about this for a while, so I hope someone can help me out.

I was wondering about the origin of the ALLCAPS~! punctuation. What does it mean? Who started it? Does it mean anything other than really really important?

Help?

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I suspect it dates back to the days of Usenet and the restrictions of 7-bit ascii.

With no pretty HTML or faux-HTML tags to use to make with the bold and the underline and the pretty colors and the hey-hey, you have to find a distinctive way to emphasize.

I actually seem to recall something about l33tsp34k being the origin of the tildebang, but that's just heresy at this point (although I'd find it fitting that the IWC took a page out of the book of B1FF~!).



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DEAN~! invented it. His fingers were really FAT back then, so when he got excited, he'd hit both buttons unwittingly.

(I may have made up the second part.)



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    DEAN~! invented it. His fingers were really FAT back then, so when he got excited, he'd hit both buttons unwittingly.

    (I may have made up the second part.)

Which part did you make up? DEAN getting excited?

And of course, DEAN invented it. He invented almost everything!



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I thought Al Gore invented it.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    DEAN~! invented it. His fingers were really FAT back then, so when he got excited, he'd hit both buttons unwittingly.

    (I may have made up the second part.)



What do you mean back then? I have known him for awhile and his fingers ain't getting any smaller...

Wow...

That doesn't read terribly well.

Anyway - Chris is pretty close. Dean went to hit the exclamation point one day, missed and hit the tilde instead. He really liked the way it looked and it stuck.

Now it is mainly used (at least by us) in the sarcastic sense, like TAZZ~!

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All I know is, I'm not "feeling the tildebang" as much as Dean -- our Men-Tor, your honor -- seems to have felt~!



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I searched google far and wide to try to find the use of tildebang outside the IWC, but could find nothing but a Mac-fanatic who likes to torment the (former?) publicist of Ambrosia Software by calling him Jason WHONG~!

Given that buddy with the site has a picture of himself on the web with a viking hat on, it's very, very possible he reads the IWC. In fact, his writing style seems to have taken more than a page or two from Dean.

In closing, I was way wrong. All hail DEAN~! Innovator of Punctuation.



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My fingers and everything else is MUCH fatter now than when I started annoying the world with what RIPPA~! was talking about.

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    Originally posted by pieman
    And of course, DEAN invented it. He invented almost everything!
Not a day goes by that I don't thank Dean for inventing zinc.



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    Originally posted by Papercuts!

      Originally posted by pieman
      And of course, DEAN invented it. He invented almost everything!
    Not a day goes by that I don't thank Dean for inventing zinc.


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