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Is there a term for using capitals mid-word (such as SmartTask and HiSuite)? [duplicate]

So far, I have only noticed capitals being used in the middle of a word in products marketed as computer applications. I wondered if there was a term for this and I also wondered if it ever occurs ...
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Capitalization of “tribe” and its derivatives in the United States

In these examples, when should "Tribe" or "Tribal" be capitalized? "This rulemaking will preempt State, local, and Tribal requirements but does not propose any regulation that has substantial direct ...
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They're ready for you, doctor/Doctor

I know that "Doctor" is capitalized when their name follows, like Dr. Watson/Doctor Watson, but what about when addressing a doctor without mentioning their name? They're ready for you now, doctor. ...
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Should Affordable Care Act be capitalized?

What is the rule for Affordable Care Act or affordable care act?
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WhAt iS tHiS kINd oF caPiTaLiSAtIOn cAlLeD? - random capitalisation or intermittent capitalisation

We have upper case and lower case in English — Letter case Examples: UPPER CASE, lower case. We have word lengthening/ word elongation. Examples: Nooooooooooooooooooooo, hiiiiiiiiiiii, ...
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Capitalization of “Gothic” as a genre descriptor

In the context of genres such as Gothic literature and Gothic music should "Gothic" be capitalized? Although names of genres are generally not capitalized, these happen to share the name of a historic ...
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If a common noun is capitalized in a title (headline-style), does it need to be capitalized in the body (or anywhere else that isn't a title)?

I work in education, and we follow Chicago for most things. We also want to down style where we can. I was wondering if I could get some clarity on this situation. For example, if an activity sheet ...
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Capitalization of for latin phrase in title case (in vitro, in vivo, etc)

I would like to use the following phrase as a title that needs to be in "title case". I'm wondering what the procedure is for capitalizing Latin phrases. Media for in vitro tissue production ...
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Interrupted quotation in a paragraph

Please help me with the correct usage of capitalisation in an interrupted quotation. For example: Alice yelled, "Get out of here." In the above sentence, the first word under the quotes is ...
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Should I capitalize this?

Usually, "Yes," "No," and "Leave me alone" were the only utterances anyone could get out of me. Should yes, no, and leave be capitalized here? thanks
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Capitalising names of eras and epochs (for example, the digital age)

Do we capitalise eras and epochs? I have seen a lot of inconsistency in usage when using the quotation mark search method on Google to find phrases in usage across a multitude of sources. My main ...
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capitalization of the word section, theorem,… if refering using both number and adjective/name

I have a question related to Capital letters in "Theorem", "Conjecture" etc, Capitalization of "Theorem 1" in mathematics papers, https://mathoverflow.net/questions/27693/...
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Capitalisation - hyphenated proper noun

I came across an organisation called Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). From what I've learned from style guides and StackExchange contributors, I understand that the second ...
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If I name my child Mathematics, will I become the father of Mathematics? [closed]

Firstly, I'm a male. Secondly, this was a troll but I took it seriously: As a proper noun (the child), yes. As a (?) noun, no. I'm not a grammarian, so my reasoning maybe flawed. I am looking for ...
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Do you capitalise words like 'Liberalism'? [duplicate]

Do you capitalise words like 'Liberalism', 'Communism', 'Socialism'? I'm presuming that such words are proper nouns because they are the specific names of ideologies. If they are not capitalised, why ...
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When creating an initialism of a country's full name, should the “o” in “of” be capitalized once initialized?

When creating an initialism of a country's full name, should the "o" in "of" be capitalized once initialized? For example, should Republic of Ireland be "ROI" or "RoI"?
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Should I capitalize Brothers?

I am writing about the Wright Brothers. If, later in the document, I shorten it to just "the Brothers", should I still capitalize brothers? It's seems that I should since I'm referring to a very ...
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Should “the Music Industry” be capitalised?

Should "the Music Industry" be capitalised? Title of my essay: Data Mining in the Music Industry
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Is it CoViD? Or COVID? Covid? How should the word be spelled?

I have seen it spelled COVID-19, but I have also seen Covid-19. In addition, I believe I have seen CoViD-19, capitalising only the first letter of each word from which it was abbreviated (for it isn't ...
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Do you capitalize (A/a)mazon the company?

"amazon" starts with a lower case letter, but usually when I see the name of a company mentioned, it starts with a capital letter like "Google," so do I capitalize it or not?
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Capitalization and hyphenation of proper noun declensions [duplicate]

I'm transcribing some speech and I came across One of the accusations that certain non-Orthodox Christians level against the Orthodox is that we worship idols. However, I am not certain on how to ...
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Unconventional capitalisation becoming the norm

Having now been involved in the writing of quite a few proposals as part of my job, I've noticed what seems to be a de facto convention: what I would consider common nouns or common noun expressions ...
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Do I need to use quotes when referring to something? [closed]

Do I need to use quotes here? You can find those terms under the separate section called “Earthquakes” later in this chapter. If no quotes are needed, must the word Earthquake still start with a ...
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Capitalisation of “co-chair” and “co-host”?

We have the title "Chair" in our organization for functions. Our Education Chair wants a person of equal help in the form of a co-chair. 1) When listing these two people in a sentence: Your new ...
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Capitalization of job position within a sentence [duplicate]

Should manager and coordinator be capitalized in this sentence? Representatives from Jonshore's corporate compliance team, package engineering, and their newly revived package testing lab will be in ...
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When to capitalize titles such as mayor (for the SAT)

Studying for the SAT I came across the practice sentence "By next month, Ms. Jones will be Mayor of Tallahassee for two years." I know that it should be corrected to "will have been" instead of "will ...
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Is there a way to say capital letters?

Say when I'm reciting a password to someone I say something like: capital a b capital c d capital e Is there any way to pronounce upper case letters without having to say capital in front of the ...
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Making all-capital words plural [duplicate]

Sometimes when I am doing technical writing I need to pluralize all-capital words, such as RAM. I find myself vacillating between using RAMs and RAM's. Neither one sits well with me, RAMs because it ...
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How to structure the speech of one character when it consists of two linked but independent phrases

If you were writing a quote structured like this... 'You were right Izzy!', said Ted, 'there is something we can do.' … would be correct to have a fullstop after 'Ted' and a capital letter for 'there'...
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Is there a trend toward not capitalizing the word Bible?

Just in the past few months, I've been coming across the word bible as a lowercase word. I'm not talking about the word as used in, say, "the fisherman's bible," or such similar uses; rather, the ...
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Capitalizing “The” in styles of nobility

In a book I helped proofread, the author capitalizes the definite article sometimes in titles of nobility. For example (slightly anonymized): “I am The Lady Jane Doe, daughter of the The Duke of ...
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Are dialogue tags after a question capitalized?

When writing dialogue and dialogue tags, I have always asked myself if the tag is a complete sentence. If so, I use a comma and lower case such as: She said, "Bob." "Bob," she said. "She said" isn't ...
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Should I capitalize “corporate communications” if it refers to a business department?

If I say "In November, corporate communications rejected the proposal," should I capitalize "corporate communications" if it refers to a team or department? Does this vary by style guide? I've tried ...
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Exceptions in Capitalising Definite Articles in Proper Names

I know that when dealing with proper names, there are some exceptions, e.g. The Hague, that the definite article 'the' before the names needs to be capitalised, as mentioned in an earlier post here (...
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Should informal titles such as the “Father of modern physics” be in title case?

How should text containing descriptions such as the following be formatted? He was dubbed as the father of modern physics. Should "father" "modern" and "physics" be capitalised? Should there be ...
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How does uppercasing work in poems in English? [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker and my education on English poetry is non-existent. I recently run into Shakespeare Sonnet 116 (reading the book The Elements of Eloquence) and I'm confused by the use ...
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Do I always need a capital letter after an exclamation mark? [duplicate]

Do I always need a capital letter after an exclamation mark or a question mark? I'm bilingual with french, and, especially in older works, I've often stumbled upon exclamation marks or question marks ...
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Capitalizing the beginning of the expression we use in the middle of a sentence/using quotation mark for expression

Should we capitalize the beginning of the expression we use in the middle of a sentence? Shall we use quotation mark for expression? Which one is correct regarding punctuation? To conclude, as the ...
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Punctuating dialogue interrupted by speaker?

When a speaker briefly interrupts their own dialogue, then resumes in the same paragraph, how do you punctuate the interruption? I know that, when it doesn't halt speech (i.e. dashes outside quotes), ...
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Why are some of the words capitalized even though they do not refer to God or something Godly?

I am fairly new to poetry and I understand from the Bible that something related to God/God is usually capitalized. Why is it that in the Milton's poem, When I consider how my light is spent, the ...
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Should the noun “community” be capitalised in the following example?

When posting questions on forums such as this one, I usually start with a simple greeting such as "Dear community" and I would like to ask whether "community" should be capitalised in this example. ...
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Capitalization of “the” beginning a proper noun [duplicate]

When should "the" be capitalized when it begins a proper noun? There are some proper nouns that seem to have their leading "the" included as part of their name/title. For example, The Real ...
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Use of em dash to separate different speakers in a quotation(s)

Suppose there are three characters, each saying something different outside of a room and you are listening to them from inside of the room. What is the correct way to punctuate the following using em ...
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Distinguishing lowercase proper nouns in paragraphs

I'm writing a case study about a client whose name is completely lowercase. How do I differentiate the client's name from the rest of the text, making it clear to the reader that it's a proper noun? ...
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Is A Particular Type of Corrosion a Proper Noun?

There is a particular type of corrosion called 'stress corrosion cracking'. Is this a proper or common noun?
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Why is 'Parliament' spelt without a capital sometimes?

e.g. "To provide an accurate, substantially verbatim account of the proceedings of the parliament and its committees..." https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/Search?q=&expand=...
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Chicago Manual of Style Headline-Style Capitalization

In the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, §8.159, the following rules are given (among others) for headline-style capitalization: Capitalize the first and last words in titles and subtitles ...
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Is the title of a course capitalized if it has no specific name?

Do the names of classes remain without capitalization if they are the simple names of subjects and not specific course titles? The example that I am looking at is: "She asked a question in calculus, ...
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Capitalizing the first letter of each word in letter greeting [closed]

I have searched for an answer on the site, but all the questions I have found (e.g. this one) seem to be less general. Assuming that I'm writing a cover letter to join a team working on a project ...

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