I'm writing a formal essay about the Greek concept of xenia. I know I have to italicize it, but when I use this word in subsequent sentences and paragraphs, do I still italicize it? Or is it fine to leave it as I italicized it at the beginning already?

  • As far as I know it is not a word that has become part of the English language, so I would italicise it every time. – Kate Bunting Oct 16 '17 at 8:18
  • I'm writing in MLA format. – Killster Oct 16 '17 at 20:54
  • Why would it change? If it needed italics in the first instance, why would it not need them throughout, please? – Robbie Goodwin Oct 17 '17 at 13:43

This will depend on what style guide you are using. For example, if you're going to be using the word a lot, the Chicago Manual of Style says only the first occurrence should be italicized:

CMOS 7.49. Italics at first occurrence: "If a foreign word becomes familiar through repeated use throughout a work, it need be italicized only on its first occurrence. If it appears only rarely, however, italics may be retained."

  • I'm writing in MLA format. – Killster Oct 16 '17 at 21:39

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