Why do people always put 'Mac' in all caps? Ex. "MAC"

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by PowerMac G4 MDD, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

    PowerMac G4 MDD

    Jul 13, 2014
    At the intersection of Conch and Coral.
    I thought the PowerPC place would be the best for this, just because many of you here are Mac people if you still use PowerPC Macs, and I know I still do. This gets on my nerves sometimes: People often misinterpret the 'Macintosh' name. People often:

    1. Think that "Mac" is the name of the company. Ex. "Mac sucks" <--- Notice the singular "Mac" as if it's the name of the company, not the computers themselves

    2. Put "Mac" in all caps for some reason. Ex. "I just got a MAC" or "I just got an IMAC". Again, it seems as if people feel that saying "Mac" is too much like a name and not a brand/company name, when it really is, since "Mac" is short for "Macintosh". I understand the confusions between Mac vs. MAC vs. Apple, but I don't get why these things are misinterpreted so easily. I don't understand how one can come to the false conclusions that 'Mac' is spelled in all caps. The most I can understand is, again, that "Mac" by itself doesn't seem like it would be the name brand, as it's technically a human name or a short name for the type of apple (fruit). Is putting it in all caps one's form of using a '®' or " / ' ?

    (not making fun or trying to offend, just wondering...)
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Likely a lack of knowing or ignorance about the difference.
  3. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    Computing has too many MACs.

    Message Authentication Code

    Mandatory Access Control

    Media Access Control

    In theory, you could compute MACs on your Mac that contains multiple MACs and runs a MAC.
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    And, one of the reasons that some folks get pedantic about caps:

    any device that has a network interface of some kind has a MAC.
    So, any Mac has a MAC.
    A Lenovo PC has a MAC.
    (That Samsung S5 also has a MAC. :D )
  5. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    When someone types MAC I normally don't make a big deal over it although I do hate when someone does it. However when someone says "I'm going to the Mac Store" it gets under my nerves and drives me up a wall.
  6. Anitramane macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
  7. adn rcd dly macrumors 6502

    adn rcd dly

    Nov 23, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    These both made me very smiley

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