Grammar Tip: Capitalizing the Seasons

[source] I’ve talked about this before, but people like to capitalize everything. I do not understand this. If you capitalize every single word, then no words stand out! This defeats the purpose of capitalization in the first place. It should also be stated that I am equally as annoyed by people who refuse to capitalize anything. They […]

Would You Like Fries With That?

According to our friend CMOS, 16th edition, section 8.60: “Personal, national, or geographical names, and words derived from such names, are often lowercased when used with a nonliteral meaning.” Basically, this means that even though you think certain words should be capitalized, when they are being used in a nonliteral sense, they are lowercased. Here’s an example: […]

When to Capitalize Popular Names of Places

Today’s grammar tip is brought to you by CMOS 8.47. One thing I’ve noticed recently is that people like to capitalize words. I don’t know if this is a new thing, but it’s definitely a thing. Depending on whom you talk to, capitalization isn’t a make-or-break issue. JK Rowling, for example, capitalizes many words that […]