In typography, italic type is a cursive typeface based on a stylized form of calligraphic handwriting.

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Using italics for words used as words

I'm writing a fiction novel, and I'm not quite sure about the rules on italics. Are the following italicized correctly? John Doe, or Big John as he liked to be called, went to the market. The item ...
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using a brand name in MLA style

Should a brand name be italicized when used in a MLA-style paper? For example, tin he following paragraph: Future Shop, which offered technology supplies, was closed and in an statement the CEO ...
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Italicization - first time or every time

When writing a book on popular culture, I'm using italics to introduce a film title into my paragraph. In the next paragraph I refer to the film title again. Should I use italics on the second ...
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Italics for dish names or herb names

Suppose I want to use words like idli, dosa, dal, sambhar...which are generic dishes- like one would say pancakes in English, should it be in italics? What about names of special ingredients? Thanks ...
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Punctuation and italics (by Google Dictionary)

If you type in Google define anaphora, it gives the following definition (original punctuation and style kept): the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to ...
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Would you italicize chapatis?

I guess "chapati" is foreign word and should be italicized in a text. But what about plural? The foreign word is actually chapati, and the plural is made using the English "s" (even if, maybe, chapati ...
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How to punctuate words we reference from other sources or that we think or say inwardly [closed]

I've read a few punctuation guides but am still having a very hard time differentiating between when inverted commas should be used over italics for certain words we reference but do not actually say ...
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Italic format usage [duplicate]

When I was reading some articles, I noticed that they use the italic format for some words. Could you please tell me when I have to use it ? Also, sometimes they used the quotation marks “…” and ...
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meaning of italic 'and' in below sentence [duplicate]

He is people and a product person. What the above sentence means?? What significance difference the word 'and' in italic make?
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Putting a title in quotes — is it still italicized?

When referencing the title of something (which is normally italicized) in quotes, is it written like this: David Guggenheim uses the title "Waiting for Superman" or like this? David ...
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Is the word Nazi italicized? [MLA]

Recently my writing tutor told me any word in a foreign language should be italicized. I was unsure if MLA was important to answer this question; just in case, I've included it in the title. I'm ...
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Use of Italics for Latin Text

The agency developed a modus operandi for such situations. Is "modus operandi" italicised in such a sentence as this?
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What's the best way to format a loan word in an English sentence?

Say I have a word from another language that I am very fond of and I want to just plop it in a sentence without trying to translate it. Should I use italics? Example: I've never cared for winter ...
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Why is “their” italicized? [closed]

I'm having trouble understanding this sentence by Noam Chomsky. Noam published many English-related scientific papers in his professional career and I have no doubt that this italicization is ...
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What is the correct way to format a title within a title/headline/header?

The Chicago Manual of Style and the AP Stylebook generally disagree about how to format book/movie/album titles in a paragraph of text: Chicago: The person is reading The Grapes of Wrath today. AP: ...
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Using italics in IT-related diploma thesis [closed]

I'm currently working on a diploma thesis describing a computer program, and I'd like to unify my usage of italics. The problem is, I do not know whether there is an academic standard for using ...
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How to italicize a self-reference?

Suppose I am writing a book. If I were to say, mentioned the title of the book in the introduction; would it be italicized? Now suppose I am writing a paper; what then? Thanks! Edit I am writing a ...
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Quotation marks and italics in same sentence

I have a piece of writing about an orchestra, a choir and a conductor. In the piece are numerous Italian words. There is one sentence that reads: Singing fortissimo for a "Dies Irae" was ...
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How to mention a course name in an essay? [closed]

I searched this online, and I found only a single site with information regarding how to mention a course name in an essay. There were two conflicting answers: If you prefer to (or need to) ...
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When using the French word “sans” in an English sentence, should I use italics?

In the sentence, below, I am using the French word sans to mean without. Should sans be italicized? Or, should all of "sans human civilization" be italicized? Planet Earth sans human civilization ...
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Should I use italics or quotes to highlight a single word? [duplicate]

He looked as though he had never heard of the word patience. Should the term patience be in italics or quotation marks?
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Should “et al.” be in italics?

Should "et al." be written in italics, or not? My impression was that it was, but http://www.ece.ucdavis.edu/~jowens/commonerrors.html and ...
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Italicizing foreign language words in an English Essay

I am writing an essay about German history, and I'm unsure whether German words should be italicized or not. The essay is in English, but I use words like Reichstag (German Parliament Building), ...
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Trans Fat is italicized

Why is trans fat always italicized on food labels, so that it says trans fat? Is it just due to convention, or is there an actual reason (like for emphasis)?
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Should Short Story Titles be italicized or put in quotes?

I've googled this, and found conflicting answers. Should the title of a short story be italicized or put in quotes? It will be both in the title and the body of a paper discussing the story.
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Italics used for the plural treatment of words? [duplicate]

Do these look right to you? I'm pluralizing the following words. In doing so, I'm italicizing the word to be pluralized but not the 's': ands (instead of and's) wherefores (instead of wherefore's) ...
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What are the capitalization / italicization rules for Betta fish?

I recently edited this question on Pets.SE regarding fish compatability. The original author used mixed capitalization of "Betta" fish, but did not capitalize "neon tetra". The Wikipedia entry on ...
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Should common foreign phrases such as “vice versa” be italicized? [duplicate]

I am writing a document in which phrases such as "et al.", "in vitro", and "ex vivo" are to be italicized. However, is a very common English (yet foreign) phrase such as "vice versa" to be ...
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Whence “emphasis mine”?

Writers often highlight part of a quotation to emphasize the point they're making. They use a variety of phrases to indicate that the emphasis did not appear in the original text. In order of current ...
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Formatting a Title of a Book within a Book

How do I refer to a book-in-a-book? Which of the following is correct? (as my own writing) Monte Becket is famous for Martin Blight. Monte Becket is famous for "Martin Blight." Monte ...
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Name of text describing an action in a play

I'm trying to find the name of an element of playwriting which describes actions performed by actors in a play. For example, Let me see. Picks up skull Alas, poor Yorick! The element ...
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In film reviews/essays about a book or film, does the title of the movie/book always have to be highlighted/put in italics?

In film reviews/essays about a book or film, does the title of the movie/book always have to be highlighted/put in italics? I know that at the start you have to put the title in italics, e.g.: ...
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Possessives of a title in italics

If one writes a word in italics, say the name of a movie, and wants to put apostrophe s at the end to form the possessive, is the apostrophe s italicised with the title? Chinatown's or Chinatown's?
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How is a thought within a story within a story indicated?

If a story is being told within a story so that it is italicized and a character within this sub-story expresses a thought, something normally italicized, how is that thought conveyed? I would think ...
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Is it acceptable to italicize a compound descriptor instead of hyphenating it?

I'm having a disagreement about how to treat a compound descriptor like "This is one of those everyone-shut-up-and-go-away kind of days." It has been claimed to me that this descriptor can just as ...
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Citing publications with stylized titles

In a situation where the title of a work is stylized, e.g. "Choose the Red Pill and the Blue Pill", should this title be fully italicized as Choose the Red Pill and the Blue Pill when cited? It ...
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Italic or quote marks for ideas and concepts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to mention a word: italics, quotes, or single-quotes (apostrophes)? What is the better way to typeset terms referring to ideas and concepts, italics ...
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When should you use italics to reference an example and when should it be inside apostrophes?

When should you use italics to reference an example or quote, and when should it be inside apostrophes instead? (I am trying to tighten up here. I write in advertising and we break so many rules with ...
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How should I write “Why questions”?

I would like to know how to properly write, somewhere in a paragraph, the phrase "Why questions". By which I mean questions of the form "Why... ?". The sentence I would like to write is "How to ...
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Is it OK to italicise only part of a word?

As an example: inhomogeneous. 
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Indicate title without italics or underline

How do you indicate the title of a major work if neither italics nor underline are available? Would you fall back on quotes or should you use something else? Text messages are an example of where ...
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Is there a difference between Quotes and Italics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to mention a word: italics, quotes, or single-quotes (apostrophes)? Would it make a difference whether I put a word in quotes or in italics? Is ...
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Should individual letters of the Latin alphabet be italicized?

Dotting the i's and crossing the t's. Dotting the i's and crossing the t's. Should individual letters of the Latin alphabet be italicized in the above example? EDIT (AFTER Neil Coffey's ANSWER): ...
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Italicization of “aka”

I received a document where one collaborator italicized aka and another did not. Should aka be italicized?
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Why is “de facto” often written in italic?

Often when I see "de facto" written somewhere it is in italic. For example: LaTeX website: LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of ...
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Are software titles italicized?

The titles of freestanding works (books, movies, plays, albums, etc.) are italicized; smaller parts within these works (chapters in a book, articles in a magazine, songs within an album) are not (they ...
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What is the best way to mention a word: italics, quotes, or single-quotes (apostrophes)?

If I want to mention the word "furlong", for example, should I use furlong, "furlong", or 'furlong'? Also, am I correct in putting the punctuation outside the quotes?
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When and where to italicize a term in text? [closed]

Assume that the following text are excerpts from a book ... Book: Fun with Math Chapter 1: We will learn about lots of numbers like integers, real, even numbers and odd numbers. ...
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Why is this ‘loved’ italicized? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Usage of italics in writing “But I was patient. I wrote back. I was sympathetic, I was kind. Ginny simply loved me. No one’s ever understood me like you, Tom...I’m so ...