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Did English use to have capitalization rules similar to German's current rules? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalisation of nouns in English in the 17th and 18th centuries I was looking up an article of the constitution of the United States of America, and I noticed in the ...
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Why does Walt Whitman capitalise the words “personalities” and “are” in this sentence?

But sternly disregarding, shutting our eyes to the glow and grandeur of the general superficial effect, coming down to what is of the only real importance, Personalities, and examining minutely, we ...
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Capitalization of the words Fourth Quarter

In the sentence Our profits are down for Fourth Quarter 2011. is Fourth Quarter capitalized?
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Achilles' heel or achilles heel? - Is it proper to lowercase the usage

I was reading an article that uses the phrase "Achilles' heel" to refer to Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, but it was written thus: achilles heel My main question is - was this a bad ...
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When spelling something phonetically, how do you convey letter case? [closed]

Say you need to read someone their password over the phone and you spell it phonetically so that there is no confusion between M and N etc. Now that is straight forward but what if the password is ...
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Does use-mention distinction warrant breaking conventions?

Does use-mention distinction sometimes warrant breaking the following capitalization and punctuation conventions? American convention recommends placing punctuation within quote marks. Sentences ...
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Capitalising the definite article in names

When I was a youngster some mumble-mumble-mumble decades ago, I was taught that, in the instances of names of persons, places, and things which carried the definite article the, the article wasn’t ...
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Capitalization in “the University has 1000s of students. ”

The University of London is huge. The University/university has 1000s of students. Is it correct to leave out the capital u in the second sentence?
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Case of the first letter after parentheses [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does the period go when using parentheses? Consider the following example: It is obvious that f(x) < x (Assuming x > 0). Should I capitalize the first ...
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Capital Letters from 1700 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalisation of nouns in English (historically) After reading a recipe from 1747, I noticed that all of the nouns are capitalized. Is that a normal thing for that era? ...
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How do you capitalize “spam”?

Is it legitimate to put "spam" (the junk email kind, not the trademarked meat) in all caps? An example I've recently read is Please read before flagging as SPAM (a reminder from your moderators) ...
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Should proper nouns used as verbs be capitalized?

When a proper noun like "Skype" is used as a verb ("Skyping"), should it be capitalized? My thinking is that it should be capitalized because the root is a proper noun. Does anyone know of a rule ...
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“Antarctic climate” or “antarctic climate”? [closed]

When used as an adjective, can the word 'Antarctic' be spelled without a capital letter? I'm confused because 'Arctic' is always lower-cased when we use that as an adjective (e.g.: 'arctic fox', not ...
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Capitalizing “U” in “United States” [closed]

Is it true that until the Civil War we did not capitalize the U in United States?
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Capitalisation of titles

Please excuse the contrived example below, but I am wondering if this example is properly capitalised? I'm assuming that capitals are used when addressing someone directly, but lower case is used ...
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Should there be a capital letter after Hello? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I capitalize the starting sentence after a greeting that ends in a comma (e.g. “Hello,”)? I have received this email from my hosting provider. And I ...
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Should “culture” in “Somali culture” be capitalized?

Should I capitalize culture in the following sentence? I am proud to share Somali culture with the community. I know that proper nouns should be capitalized, but culture seems to be a generic ...
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Should I capitalize “chemical engineering department”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Correct Usage of Capital Letters To capitalize “department” or not Which of these sentences is correct? The chemical engineering department told me ...
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“grammar nazi” or “grammar Nazi”?

Should Nazi be capitalized in the phrase grammar nazi/Nazi? While I can't think of any other examples right now, I would like to extend the question to ask if the words which are historically nouns ...
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Is it proper to use capital letters in (e.g.) document names

If I am referring to a definite document, the name of which I have previously stated, is it proper to use a capital letter, and omit the document name? For example, I mention some international ...
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When should I capitalise eucalyptus or other genuses?

I'm reasonably familiar with the capitalisation and italicisation rules that govern scientific names, but am a bit confused about capitalising, or not, the name of a genus, e.g. Eucalyptus when used ...
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Capital letter after ellipsis

I was talking to a friend of mine over Skype, and I typed this: Ok... Now I want more pork pie. I'd like to know, should there be a capital letter after the ellipsis …? Should it be written the ...
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“Create an Account” or “Create Account”

I have a registration form I want to name. Should I name it:  –  “Create Account”  –  “Create an Account” (or “Create the ...
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What words should be capitalized in “to whom it may concern”?

I'm writing a business recommendation, and since it's a proxy for a proper name, it seems like capitalization might be in order, but it looks odd.
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Capitalization of the word “county”

Which is correct when listing counties: Harding, Platt, and Garner Counties Harding, Platt, and Garner counties
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“We give brands access to…” or “We give Brands access to…”

Should the world "brands" be capitalized in the following sentence? If so why? We give Brands access to our database of 100 users. "Brands" refers to advertisers such as Coca Cola and Pepsi.
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Correct capitalisation of 'jargon' words used as acronyms

In a technical role at work we use many three letter acronyms to describe 'things' that we work with or processes that we follow. When writing these up, I'm unclear if capitals should be used or not. ...
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Are names of games proper nouns? [closed]

Are names of games such as "cricket", "football" considered proper nouns? And should the first letter of these words be capitalized?
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Can a sentence start with a small letter? [duplicate]

Exact duplicate: How do you capitalize a proper noun such as “iPhone”? Also related: Capitalising a sentence whose first word is explicitly lowercase Should I change the structure of a ...
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What is the Rule for Capitalizing Titles [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? First of all, after knowing the answer, I may need to edit the title of this post as the very first thing :) Moving to my ...
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Sentence case in a message

We have created a game where children can learn Vegetables and Fruits. When the child answers a question they receive a notification to tell them whether they got it wrong or right. My opinion is ...
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Capitalizing the names of different animal breeds?

I've already looked around for an answer to this question, but many answers contradict each other. What I'd like to know is whether or not different animal breeds are capitalized in professional ...
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What's the etymology of English letter casing terminology?

The popular consensus around the web (i.e., Wikipedia) seems to be that "upper case" and "lower case" originate from typesetting convention of upper and lower drawers for letters, possibly preceded by ...
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Why Start Each Word in a Title with an Uppercase Letter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? I'm not a native speaker of English, and I've asked myself a lot why on many (most?) blogs, all words in an article’s ...
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Capitalisation of “Many thanks” as a stand-alone term

I am having a brochure designed and wish to place the words "Many Thanks" on the very back of it after all the policies are listed. Which is more correct? to capitalise the first letter of the first ...
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In golfing terms should Ambrose be upper- or lowercase?

Is the Ambrose type of play named after someone and therefore uppercase?
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Capitalizing subfigure specifiers

I'm writing a caption for a figure that includes a few sub-figures: A duck (left) and tiger (right). (Left) The duck has wings and a funny bill. (Right) The tiger doesn't look like a duck at all. ...
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Section titles capitalisation: in text and in table of contents [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? Could you please tell me: What is the recommended capitalisation style for the section titles of a business document and a ...
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Co-Founder, Co-founder, or cofounder?

I've seen all three used and there doesn't seem to be a definitive one that I can find. I'm hedging towards Co-Founder as it's a title, but any clarity would be appreciated. Edit If it makes it any ...
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What are the capitalization rules regarding historical periods of time?

Why are phrases like "the High Middle Ages" capitalized while e. g. "the sixth century" is not? Is there a general rule?
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Should “head teacher” be capitalized, when it's not really anyone's occupation

Basically I want to say 'from my head teacher', but his occupation is not really that, should it still be capitalized?
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Plaque wording - capitalization?

Language on a presentation plaque - is it written in sentence format or are the words capitalized like in a title? Example below: In Recognition Of Your Exceptional Leadership Of The Prevention ...
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“Lowercase”, “lower-case”, or “lower case”

Is it lowercase, lower-case, or lower case?
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Capitalization and punctuation rules for formatted quotations appearing in the middle of the sentence

My question regards situations when the mid-sentence quotation, such as This is a mid-sentence quotation which stands out by its formatting , stands out by its formatting. I understand that ...
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Should I capitalize Twitter links? [closed]

Should I capitalize Twitter links? If yes and no, give examples of both. The direct example in question is the http://twitter.com/XonaGames bio. I could set it one of the following three ways. I have ...
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Is it a good idea to begin a sentence with a number or a variable name?

Is it acceptable to have the following sentences in formal writing? 2.5 years have already been completed. or n shows the number of something.
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Is Addenbrooke's site/Site a proper noun?

Is Addenbrooke's site/ Addenbrooke's Site a proper noun or not? I think the answer depends on the context. The title of the article is Addenbrooke's Hospital, supposedly a proper noun. For instance, ...
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When should I capitalize the word “principal”?

When using the word Principal to describe the head or director of a school, under what situations should one capitalize it, and when should it be lower-cased?
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What is the correct capitalisation of the word “sonar”?

What is the correct capitalisation of the word "sonar" (and why)?
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Use of capitals and full stops in bullet points [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalization for a bullet list Let's say I have a bullet point list e.g: Point 1. Point 2. Point 3. Notice I have put a capital letter for the starting letter of ...