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“Masters degree” — capital M or not?

When someone states "I have a Masters in Computer Science" should the word masters have a capital M? I've seen arguments for both and can't determine which is correct.
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In the English language, should the “d” be capitalized when writing “American Dollar”?

When writing "American Dollar," should the d in dollar be capitalized?
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Capitalization with quotation marks

I have this sentence: We recommend that parents consciously convey the message, "Everybody needs to follow the safety rules" rather than "Do what the babysitter says." My inclination is to ...
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Capitalization for law of sines

The law of sines is a mathematical formula. I have seen it written as both Law of Sines and law of sines. Which one of these is correct? Edit: According to Google Ngrams, the lower case option was ...
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Do I capitalize s on “son” when it's used casually such as “Say hi to your pa for me, son.”?

"Tell your pa I'm here, sonny." or "Tell your pa I'm here, Sonny." (When the boy's name is not Sonny.)
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When to use or omit periods in acronyms, abbreviations, and initials [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it OK to drop the periods in abbreviations? I don't understand when or where to use or discard a period when writing short forms. For example, my college is the ...
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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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When to spell out non-alphanumeric characters?

If a term contains non-alphanumeric characters, when (if ever) should these characters be spelled out? For example: C++   written as   C Plus Plus ...
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When does a locational distinction change its suffix and capitialization in a proper name?

I am trying to capitalize Western Canada or western Canada properly and am wanting a definition for when the "ern" is added as a suffix to a locational distinction of a proper noun. I believe the ...
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In an Australian context, should “Aborigine” be capitalised?

When referring to an Australian context, as opposed to Aboriginal Canadians, or indigenous people worlwide, should "Aborigine" (and "Aboriginal") be capitalised? I tried googling, but the hits I ...
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Capitalization of Captain [closed]

The Chicago Manual of Style sets out these rules for capitalizing "Captain": Robert greeted Captain Jones, "Hello Captain." "Good evening," replied the captain. I looked at 20 books by the most ...
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In what contexts would I capitalize “city” and “county”?

In the following context, it is obvious that County is a proper noun and deserves capitalization. Currently, Albemarle County has four main reservoirs. However, in these other contexts below, I ...
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Capitalization of “School” as an adjective

I am working on a research poster, and the teacher supervising wrote the following language. It doesn't seem to me like "School" is a proper noun, but he tells me it is when referring to a specific ...
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How should I capitalize “Clean Up the Tags and Branches” as a title to a section?

Specifically, I am wondering how "Clean Up" should be capitalized. I have three plausible options: "Clean Up" "Clean-up" "Clean up" It all really depends on what part of speech "up" is and ...
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Yoga (proper-case) or yoga (lowercase)?

I've seen it written in both ways. I'm tempted to use the proper case, because I was under the impression that it is also a form/name of religion. What do you think?
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How do I write “all-in-one” correctly?

How do I write "all-in-one"? Should it have capital letters? Should it have hyphens? I have done some googling, but I have not found a consistent result.
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Do I Capitalize someone's role?

Do I use capitals when referring to someone's position within an institution or company? And is it the same for all levels of employee? i.e in the following sentence, should the words in bold be ...
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When referencing attached documents at the end of a sentence in parenthesis do you capitalize the first letter? [duplicate]

The aging reports are used by management to determine what files should be worked on first (see aging reports attached).
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How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title?

How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title? Ex. "Make-up" or "Make-Up" (noun) "Strap-on" or "Strap-On" (noun) "Stripped-down" or "Stripped-Down" (adj.) "Up-to-Date ...
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capitals or not for “open source”?

Quite a simple question (I hope). Which is the correct way to write this within a sentence*: Open Source Open-Source Open source Open-source open source open-source some other way? (*By within a ...
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Capitalizing Titles/Honors

If I am writing about a historical figure such as a king (or governor or prince), am I supposed to capitalize the word "king" throughout my discussion of him? For instance: "King James initially made ...
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Do you capitalize an alias that is in quotes?

Do you capitalize an alias that is in quotes? for example, what would be the correct way to capitalize the following statement: Mary became known as "the girl with the wooden shoe".
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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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Boundaries for a person's name - danah boyd

How could the name danah boyd come to pass? Why isn't it Danah Boyd? Would it be inappropriate or incorrect to refer to this person as Danah Boyd?
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Would you capitalize these words: dean, vice-dean, vice-dean of external affairs, and academic council?

In this text: The Dean's Office consists of the Dean, the Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Vice-Dean for External Affairs, the Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Secretary ...
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Must I capitalize Tivoli?

In this sentence: "Bakken is the world's oldest tivoli", must tivoli be capitalized ? My program's atleast trying to make me think I must.
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Should proper nouns be capitalized when used as verbs? [duplicate]

Should proper nouns be capitalized when used as verbs? For instance: "I Googled it" "I googled it"
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What is the correct capitalization of code examples when beginning a sentence? [duplicate]

I am writing a technical book and a lot of it is structured as explanations of code examples. For instance: var links = data.map(function (d) { return {source: nick_id(d.from), ...
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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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Proper use of “TV”

It seems "TV" is always preferred when used as an abbreviation for "television" in informal writing, but is "tv" ever acceptable? (The capitalization seems to me to place undue emphasis on it.)
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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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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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(I'm not sure) how to capitalize this sentence

When a sentence begins with a parenthetical clause (uncommon, I'm sure), how should the following portion be capitalized? My thought is it would be either (In my opinion, at least[,]) the play was ...
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“Living in the South” or “Living in the south”?

The sentence I'm wondering about: Living in the [S/s]outh during the early 1900’s, the most decisive factor of a man’s life was determined at birth: the color of his skin. Should South be ...
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Should I capitalize the phrase that has its abbreviation following?

I am doing a technical and scientific writing. I have been confused by this for a long time. Basically, there are two case. A well-known phrase with its abbreviation. e.g. Global Positioning System ...
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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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How to write a bulleted list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Question about Capitalization for a Bullet List Periods for bullet point items Should each item be in uppercase or not? I've seen both forms: Yada, yada, yada, ...
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Use of medical words

When charting on a patient, and a choice is high cholesterol, should both be capitalized?
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Is using i instead of I for first person singular really bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it ok to use “i” in lowercase or should you always use “I” (uppercase)? Is using i instead of I for first person singular noticed as a bad ...
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Capitalising the t in Twitter / twitter [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Should Trademarks be Written? How do you capitalize a proper noun such as “iPhone”? I'm writing a paper about the function of twitter as a news medium and I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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Capitalization of a noun that has be made definite

If someone were writing a paper on a particular train station, for brevity, it is easier to refer to it as "the station." Should station in that phrase be capitalized? It is unrelated to ...
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Should the “half” in “half-Chinese” be capitalised?

Is it correct to write half-Chinese or Half-Chinese?
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Is “Law of Leaky Abstractions” a proper noun?

From Leaky abstraction (Wikipedia), As coined by Spolsky, the Law of Leaky Abstractions states "All non-trivial abstractions, to some degree, are leaky." I am not sure if Law of Leaky ...
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Is there a rule of thumb when to use “the” in front of universities? [duplicate]

I am writing biographies for some of my doctors. I have asked several people and have received several different answers. Here are a couple examples: Lee is a 2005 graduate of the University of ...
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How does one mention “first class honors” and GPA correctly on a résumé?

On my résumé, I have the following: -----Bachelor of ABC, Institute of XYZ, Country----- "first class honors" and GPA I can't construct this line in a way that sounds completely ...
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Is the ACA nickname capitalized “Obamacare” or “ObamaCare” or “Obama Care”? [closed]

I’m writing a term paper and need to know the appropriate acceptable case for “Obamacare”; preferably, I’d refer to it as “The Affordable Care Act”, but the subject of the paper warrants the nickname. ...