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Uppercase & lowercase

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Everyday Phrases That Come from Printing: uppercase and lowercaseuppercase and lowercase explanation

When someone was typesetting (laying out all the letters) they would pull out two drawers which were of the same typeface but one drawer, or "case", would be the smaller letters and the other drawer or "case" would be the larger letters.

You would place them on the sloping shelf in front of you with the smaller ones underneath the larger letter case. Hence "upper case" containing the capital letters was above the smaller letters and "lower case" for the smaller letter was placed below.

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