Capitalizing Positions and People’s Titles

Capitalizing Positions and People’s Titles

In another article, we address the challenge of knowing when words need to be capitalized in sentences because they are proper and not common nouns. This article focuses on the more narrow question of when to capitalize positions and people’s titles. Test What You...
Capitalizing Words: Proper vs. Common Nouns

Capitalizing Words: Proper vs. Common Nouns

The rules governing the capitalization of words in sentences (as opposed to capitalizing words in titles or headings or capitalizing people’s titles or positions) seem simple at first glance: we capitalize proper nouns, and we lowercase common nouns. But because...
Capitalizing Positions and People’s Titles

Characters and Symbols Not on Keyboards

Our word processing software and enhanced keyboards can work magic, especially in regard to inserting characters and symbols that aren’t on our Roman alphabet keyboards. Lawyers and legal secretaries must type a section symbol in legal citations, whereas bankers...
Titles of Works: Italics or Quotation Marks?

Titles of Works: Italics or Quotation Marks?

When we refer to the title of a work, how do we know whether to use italics or quotation marks? Italics for Works That Stand Alone With some exceptions, most style books tell us to use italics when we write the title of a work that stands alone as a single entity....
Quotation Marks and Punctuation: Inside or Outside?

Quotation Marks and Punctuation: Inside or Outside?

With the possible exception of the Oxford/Harvard/serial comma, very few usage issues elicit responses as passionate as the topic of punctuating with quotation marks. American vs. British Conventions If I were in charge of writing the rules about the use of quotation...