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Is there a corresponding word to go with capital to mean lower-case?

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Computer geeks informally say "no caps" – barrycarter Apr 7 '11 at 16:22
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There are capital letters and small letters.

In a formal or technical context I would use "lower-case" to avoid seeming like a young child talking about big letters and small letters.

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There are also small capital letters: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_caps. – SiggyF Apr 7 '11 at 19:33
Argh. Blast you, Small Caps. It was all becoming so clear. – jbelacqua Apr 8 '11 at 5:51

In typography and calligraphy the corresponding terms are majuscule and minuscule:

See the Wikipedia entry on Capital letters. Minuscule also serves as the counterpart of capital.

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For this analogy question, small is the word you are looking for:

uppercase : capital :: lowercase : small

small (adj): lowercase

Definition 1b of small in Merriam-Webster

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Wow. I had no idea. – jbelacqua Apr 8 '11 at 5:50

Minuscule is also the word for them, although I doubt most people would know what you were talking about.

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No, there is no equivalent (Like Pedi-Letter or something "Foot" related instead of "Head" related.)

You have the following options

  1. lowercase
  2. lowercase letter
  3. minuscule
  4. small letter

Although I do not recommend 3 unless you are amongst typographers, nor 4 (you will sound childish).

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I think you will sound just as childish in North America if you use 4 – Kevin Apr 7 '11 at 13:46
@Kevin - Fixed :D – jsj Apr 7 '11 at 13:51

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