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I'm writing a bio for a friend, and I mention many hotels and restaurants, some of which are foreign. Should I use italics?

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I would say no. Here is a quick guide on the correct usage of italics. To summarize: Don't use it for the proper noun. They example they give for a restaurant: if you write about a certain dish you ate that might not be commonly known, italicize it, but do not italicize the restaurant name.

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    Do you mind adding a summary of the relavant part from the link? – MrHen Apr 6 '11 at 16:59
  • I'm sure I irritate the hell out of some people on this site because I overuse italics. But I probably wouldn't use them just to highlight one class of nouns (i.e. - hotels and restaurants) unless the writing was specifically about objects of that class, where I wanted to be sure the reader would easily pick them out from a mass of verbiage. – FumbleFingers Apr 6 '11 at 17:04
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    @MrHen: Sure thing. Don't use it for the proper noun. They example they give for a restaurant: if you write about a certain dish you ate that might not be commonly known, italicize it, but do not italicize the restaurant name. – Brendan Apr 6 '11 at 17:20
  • Awesome, thanks. I added it to the body of the answer others' convenience. :) – MrHen Apr 6 '11 at 18:02
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There is the consideration that a restaurant name might be confused for a geographical location in some cases; you could use quotation marks around the name to avoid confusion.

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No you don't, just capitalize the name.

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