An interesting addition to the 419 email genre has just dropped onto the Vulture Central doormat - apparently written by someone who once trained in the US news industry.
Having skilfully resisted the temptation to WRITE EVRYTHING IN CAPS, Abass Aziz obviously decided his missive lacked a certain punch and that it would be more eye-catching If Every Word Began With A Capital.
This is, of course, common practice for American leader writers, but is most certainly deprecated here at El Reg. Well, not deprecated exactly because - as editorial supremo Drew Cullen rightly points out - use of the word deprecated is itself deprecated, meaning as it does "express wish against or disapproval of".
We gather that the resurrection of the word deprecate is the work of the W3C and their kind, who deprecate just about everything these days, from
<i>. For shame.
Anyway, we'd like to point out to Mr Aziz that the Excessive Use Of Initial Capital Letters Is Certainly Frowned Upon If Not Deprecated Because It's Bloody Irritating.
Mind you, the bloke's got cancer, etc, etc, so maybe we should cut him some slack:
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 11:04:25 +0100
From: aza_zz23 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: For The Sake Of Humanity
I Am Mr Abbas Aziz,I Am A Citizen Of Saudi Arabia, But I Am Resident In Dubai I Was Born An Orphan And Almighty Allah Blessed Me Abundantly. But I Am Not A Happy Man. I Have No Wife And I Have No Children Due to my involves to Islam. As At Now I Am Seriously Sick. I Just Came Out Of The Hospital Back To My Home .I Am Suffering From Lung Cancer And I Had Patial Stroke Which Has Affected My Speech. I Can No Longer Talk. And Half Of My Body Is paralyzed. The Doctors Say I Have About some Months To Live.
I Have Little Time So I Have Committed It To Spreading My Wealth
Towards Better Health Care for Mankind. In The Hospital Where I Am, I Have Given The Management Us$15million To Upgrade And Build A New Cancer Research Facility. I Have Also Made Some Cash Donations To Orphanage Children Homes In Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, And Some In South Africa. I Have Succeeded In Spreading My Liquid Cash Towards Well Deserved Means. My Soul Is Happy.
What I Am Doing Gives Me Joy. I Am Now Sharing My Properties And Valuables. I Don't Know You, But I Am Contacting You With The Hope That You Will Carryout My Wish For The Sake Of Humanity. As ALLAH directed me
I Have Us$6million In Gold Deposited With A Security Deposit Company. I Want You To Take Custody Of The Gold, Sell It And Use The Us$6million To Build And Operate An Orphanage In Your Country. You Will Name The Orphanage Abbas Orphanage Home. You Must Follow My Wish For It Will Gladden The Heart Of Almighty Allah. If You Are Ready To Do This And Carryout My Wish, Then Send Me Your Names, And Your Residential Address. May Almighty Allah Guide you.
Send Your Reply Along Only To The Email Address Below:
I Await Your Reply.
Alhj: Abbas Aziz
Lovely. Just the thought of The Orphanage Abbas Orphanage Home bathed in sunshine and filled with laughing children is enough to warm the cockles of one's heart, just as it will certainly Gladden That Of Allah. Amen. ®