What to Capitalize

Improperly capitalizing nouns is one of the most common errors I come across. Just because a word is important or distinctive doesn’t mean it should be capitalized. Only proper nouns—those that name specific people, places, and things*—are capitalized. Sounds easy, right? Dig on the errors (in italics) I’ve come across in the past week: Don’t … Continue reading

Think Before You Capitalize

Only proper nouns (”a person’s name or the official name of a place or thing,” according to The Chicago Manual of Style) are capitalized. Don’t capitalize a word for emphasis or because it’s the most important word in the sentence. (Here’s a fun fact: Many cheese names are capitalized, because they are named after their … Continue reading