Capitalization

All Caps in acronyms & electronic messages

Continuing the discussion of capitalization trends began in the previous post, “less is more” with capitalization. In 2016, The New York Times announced changes in it capitalization policy. For instance, it switched to lower case for internet (at the same time that the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal did), although it had changed …

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Some current trends in capitalization

Capitalization is an area of mechanics dealt with several preceding posts, including “How do I know when to capitalize a word?” It is another example of how language and its conventions change, as well as the importance placed in dealing with them. For instance, “unnecessary or missing capitalization” appears as error # 8 in the …

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Capitalizing initial letters of sentences and proper nouns

According to some college surveys, nearly 50% of student papers contain capitalization mistakes (shawnee.edu) and “unnecessary or missing capitalization” appears as error # 8 in the Top Twenty list. (Errors of capitalization did not occur on the original 1986 study “Twenty Most Common Errors.”) It’s no wonder that errors of this sort have increased to …

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Capitalization with titles and quotations

The use of capitals is not only dependent on format guides but also with the settings and media. Electronic communications have relaxed the rules with capitalization as well as other graphics, such as punctuation. As evidenced by the occurrence of capitalization errors among undergraduates in a number of collegiate surveys, the use of capitals according …

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How do I know when to capitalize a word?

Rules for capitalizing words are ones that have to be learned through memorization, repeated use, or consulting a resource like a dictionary or writing handbook. As with punctuation marks and other mechanics, the use of capital letters is a practice in written (and printed) rather than in spoken English. According to some college surveys, nearly …

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