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Which words in a title should be capitalized?

Are there any concrete rules that say which words (parts of speech) in a title should start with a capital letter? What would be a correct capitalization for the title of this question?
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Do you capitalize both parts of a hyphenated word in a title?

Do you capitalize both parts of a hyphenated word in a title? "My Ex-Wife Hates Me" or "My Ex-wife Hates Me"
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“Dial M for Murder” meaning

For me, the title of Alfred Hitchcock's film Dial M for Murder is ambiguous, it may mean either Dial M to order a murder (instead of a pizza) / for a murder to occur (similar to the previous, but ...
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What's a good word for 'clear mindedness' and 'an ability to see something as a whole'?

I'm looking for a title for something I'm working on, so ideally it would have to flow and be attractive. The two best words I can think of is clarity, and panoptic. But I can't have the meanings ...
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Appropriate title case: 'em or 'Em or 'EM

It's a common practice to capitalize headings/titles of articles. But is there a correct or conventional way to capitalize words in titles that are apocopated apheresed at the beginning? E.g. ...
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A person who studies random things? [closed]

What is the title of a person that studies random stuff? or a bit of everything? For example, A geologist studies the earth. A _____ studies random stuff.
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Is there a Name for this Style of Capitalisation?

It seems quite common on the web to capitalise certain words in a heading, or navigation bar, but not others. Here are some examples: Visit the Member's Page How to Format (as seen on this ...
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In “Lucifer Rising” - grammatical explanation for use of -ing form instead of “Rises”?

How does that work grammatically? I guess it's primarily used for titles (movies, songs etc.) but why?
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Dropping articles in the title (of an article or a section) or in the caption (of a figure or a table)? What's the general rule?

It is said that "To give added punch, articles are often dropped in the titles" Source: http://www.davidappleyard.com/english/articles.htm Is there any general rule or reference about dropping ...
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Usage of “a” and “the” in titles

Which one should I use for page title? Apple — Tasty Fruit Apple — A Tasty Fruit Apple — The Tasty Fruit The article is only about tasty apple.
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How to capitalize first letters in titles? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? Often words in titles has its first letter capitalized, but some don't (such as "The Title of This Question"). What are the ...
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Why Should One Capitalize Titles When Publishing?

What is the motivation behind capitalizing the first letter of each word except prepositions in news, articles and blog post titles?
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Use of “it” in titles

Is the following question title grammatical or not, despite some missing articles? Way of obtaining Chomsky normalform, does it influence performance of CYK parser? P.S.: is there an English ...
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What is the difference between Philanthropy and Philanthropism?

In a the context of a paper, there's a paragraph-title: "Philanthropism in American culture", I'm in general only familiar with the word philanthropy, hence I'm not sure what an appropriate title ...
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Should “the” ever be dropped from the beginning of a name/title?

Imagine two places exist, both called The Haunted Forest. How would I specify which forest is being referred? Would one say the northernmost Haunted Forest, or the northernmost The Haunted Forest? If ...
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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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Title of a widow?

I have to book a flight for my grandma who was married and became a widow. She still has to get a new ID but I want to book the flight asap. How do I write her title? Miss, misses, or?
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Should the title of a short story have a comma after it if it is the subject of a sentence?

A friend of mine was asking me this question. She used the following sentence in her essay for her English class: "Harrison Bergeron" is a laughable read. However, her English professor marked this ...
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Word ordering for sequels of works whose titles start with 'The'

Hopefully a simple one, but my Google-fu is letting me down. Typically, when alpabetising titles, I would move the 'The' to the end of the title but, in the case of a sequel, should that be moved to ...
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Is “The Walking Dead” a personification?

Personification (or anthropomorphism) is attributing human features to non-humans. Technically, a dead human is not a human and we give the attribute of walking to the dead. So, Is "the walking dead" ...
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“asked” vs. “was asked” in a title

I just encountered this news heading: "All-Female Flight Test Crew Asked How They Will Cope Without Make-Up Or Men In Space" This confused me, because I understood from the heading that the "crew ...
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How do I style book titles in a block of italicized text?

Book titles, among others, are commonly written in italics. She had read this quote in Pride and Prejudice. But what should I do if a title appears in a block of text that is already italicized, ...
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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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Singular or Plural Before List? [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a list of features available in my product, and I'm confused what the title should be: Should I say "Features List" (features are plural) or "Feature List" (feature is singular). ...
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I need a section title for a section that describes how a piece of software works

Currently I'm using "How it works" as the title, but I want to replace that with something short and meaningful, most of my other section titles are one word long. The whole document is about a piece ...
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Do we have a term for this analysis combination?

I'm in the middle of a programming article, and I don't know if this thing has a name or not. Lot's of times you can analyse something in isolation. But as soon as you put that thing among other ...
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Title Capitalization of Keywords in Programming Languages [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalising a sentence whose first word is explicitly lowercase Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts ...
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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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The word “overachieving”

Does “overachieving” have negative connotations? I was considering using “The Overachieving Subconscious” as a title for an essay. I am trying to convey that ‘your subconscious is a very powerful ...
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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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“…who didn't have a…” vs “…without a…” [closed]

I titled a short story "The Girl without a Soul". But recently I've been thinking on naming it "The Girl who didn't have a Soul." Do they mean exactly the same? Which sounds better as a name for a ...
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Capital letters in headlines [closed]

I’m not a native English speaker. I’ve noticed that in titles or headlines, many words often start with a capital letter while others are still lowercase. As an example, the title of my question ...
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What does it mean when after Mrs is used the first name? [closed]

In one of social network the name of my teacher was written using Mrs + first name. She is 30 year old. I know that Mrs was most often used by a woman when married, in conjunction with her husband's ...
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The use of “to” in some titles

While I'm browsing Reddit, I sometimes find a title which contains "to" in the sentence even though it might be totally unnecessary. What is the difference between : Yahoo stops all new ...
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Is Capitalising Every Word more common in music titles?

I'm aware that the titles of most creative works are given with nouns, etc. capitalised and "closed" words not (e.g. The Chicago Manual of Style) but I seem to see another approach much more in songs ...
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Where can I find a list of capitalisation rules for pure British writing?

Is there any quality English orthography book that contains rules for capitalising in pure British English? I’ve noticed that an American newspaper capitalises every word in the title of an article ...
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What does type or print name and title mean? [closed]

I am filling out my articles of organization to form an LLC and in the last part it says to type or print my name and title. I know what the type or print part means but I'm confused with what the ...
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Treatment of Designation and Title in Text

I work at a company that publishes standards. These publications have a designation and a title. For example, the designation might be "Standard 100." The title might be something like "Machines ...
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Citing a name with punctuation at the end

I'm using IEEE citation and the title of the work I am trying to cite has punctuation at the end. I'm unsure how to proceed because part of the citation includes putting a period at the end of the ...
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Plurals in titles of lists regardless of number of items

Not sure how to describe it, so here is an example. This looks right, even though “tests which failed” has only one item in the list: Tests which failed Test #1 Tests which passed ...
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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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What is the name/title for someone who generates ideas?

what is the name/title for someone who generates ideas? Here idea refers to things like: Doing a project together Something can be done Something is possible Someone can try something Something can ...
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Title Case for “e-commerce”

When I write Powerpoint slides, I usually use title case for slide headers. I am a little unsure as to how to include e-commerce in headers. Wikipedia stylizes it as "E-commerce" which seems ...
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What are the title capitalization rules for rarely used prepositions like “down”, “up”, “off”, etc.?

In capitalizing English titles, my understanding is that all prepositions of four or fewer letters should be written lowercase, unless part of a phrasal verb. (I realize that AP style and the Chicago ...
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Capitalize all letters in a title/heading

I'm creating a resume and am therefore looking at various sample resumes. In some of them, the heading of each section has all letters in uppercase, e.g. "EDUCATION" or "EXPERIENCE". I also remember ...
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What do you call a provider who works on a offshore outsourced project?

I just started working online and I want to know the proper term (noun) for that kind of worker. I work for a foreign company from home. They pay me monthly as a full time employee and we have a long ...
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Should Units of Measure be capitalized inside a title?

There is a similar question regarding capitalizing units of measure, but mine is for titles, specifically. For general applications (ie; not inside titles), the consensus seemed to be no for most ...
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How to correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in article names and book titles?

How do I correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in names and titles? A few examples: Captain America (untold stories) Captain America (Untold Stories) Madonna (written ...
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Capitalization of title in scientific paper [duplicate]

I'd like to use the correct capitalization of words in the title of a scientific paper. The part of the title I'm not sure about is the following: What to do with an Area? ... As far as I ...
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Capitalization in abbreviated references

I was reading through some company documents regarding “Our Vision, Values And Principles”, etc., and was wondering about how they were referenced later in the text. Frequently the author wrote ...