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Roman, greek, Cyrillic, Armenian, and Coptic alphabets use capital letters, but there are many other writing systems (such as those used in the georgian language, glagolitic, Arabic, Hebrew, and Chinese) that make no distinction between capital and lowercase letters – a system called unicase. Indeed, even European languages, except for Ancient greek did not make this distinction before about the year 1300.

In English, capitalization rules weren't introduced until the 18th century, since the printing press had not yet been invented, and the literacy of handwriting was less than 1% of people - for these reasons, no one even bothered to think about capitalization.

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by dem 2 years ago
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Latin uses the majuscule script, then more rounded letters were introduced to Latin when it had been used by lots of people. With lowercase letters it became common to mix miniscule and some majuscule capital letters within a word, the latter used to add emphasis.
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by wolf 2 years ago
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Capitalization existed in the US for emphasis for a long time around 17th and 18th century, but it wasn't standardized. Americans would capitalize most nouns but it was still inconsistent. For example, John Adams' letters to his son in 1804,

“braced our feet against the Bed boards and Bedsteads to prevent us from having our Brains dashed out against the Planks and Timbers of the Ship.”
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by boneless chicken 2 years ago
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