In typography, uppercase letters (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, etc.) In c. 114 CE, an inscription was chiseled into the base of a column in Trajan's Forum, Rome. That inscription had most of the capital letters known today. Until the sixth century, all inscriptions were in capital letters. And to this day we continue to use them in various ways ? for the first letters of important words in titles, proper nouns, etc. They got their alternative name ? uppercase ? from the standard location in which typesetters stored them. Though visually powerful, whole words written in capital letters should be used sparingly, because they are difficult to read, and may suggest shouting.A design composed of one or more letters, typically the initials of a name, used as an identifying mark, can be a monogram, and might be used as a logo (also known as a logogram or logotype). An oversized ornamental capital letter used in printing may be called a factotum. One designed with representation that carries narrative qualities may be termed historiated.