Monday, August 11

Majuscular Objects

OK, here's an easy-to-figure-out quiz - and you have a 50-50 chance of getting the answer right just by guessing: Is Salt Lake City the capital of Utah or is it the capitol?

The capital of Utah IS Salt Lake City. The building on the hill is the Capitol.

And Capitol is capitalized.

And so is the word Dumpster. Why? It's a trademarked name. Who would have thought that?

And who cares? just leave out a capital in a term paper and you'll see who.

Other less-than-obvious capitalized names run the gamut - for example, folks who deal in real estate are real estate agents, and become Realtors when then become members of the National Association of Realtors.

Any good style guide will tell you when it is appropriate to use capital letters. One such example is at Connecticut's Community Colleges' web site.

Good style is a capital idea.

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