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171 Chapter 17. Capitalization and Abbreviations: Go to the Head of the Class In This Chapter · Get the capital idea · Learn to abbrev. the rgt. wds. The next time you're in Rome, stop by an ancient building or two and check out the inscriptions. You might notice that on the oldest of the old buildings, every letter is capitalized. Eventually, however, the scribes realized that they could fit more on a building (or a page) if the letters were smaller. Their realization became the basis for our capital/lowercase letter system of writing. So we have the ancient Romans to thank for this chapter.