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Questions about the names given to creative works such as books and articles, poems, musical pieces, or paintings, and for sections thereof.

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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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Why do the titles of scholarly works sometimes begin with the word "on"?

For example, one of the articles in volume 183 issue 1 (January 2016) of Annals of Mathematics is titled "On the fibration method for zero-cycles and rational points". Why not just call it "The ...
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What does "Mrs" mean when used with a man's name?

As far as I know, the abbreviation "Mrs" is applicable only to women. Though, when translating an article from an old British paper I found this sentence about marriages: On the 2nd March, at the ...
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What's the general rule for dropping articles in article & section titles or in figure & table captions?

It is said that "To give added punch, articles are often dropped in the titles of books, movies, music, and other works of art" and "To save space and boost impact, articles are usually ...
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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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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" (...
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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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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 very ...
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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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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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What does "To" mean in a newspaper headline?

What does to mean in a newspaper headline, for example: Airline XY to cut cost of pilots' wages Is it a shorter form of "Is going to" or "Is planning to"?
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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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Usage of "a" and "the" in titles [closed]

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 rules ...
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What does this Economist article title “Paris-on-sea” mean?

I just read an Economist article titled "Paris-on-sea" which discusses the recent extension of California's cap-and-trade Co2 program to 2030. What does the phrase Paris-on-sea mean here?
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"Not" or "not" in book title? [duplicate]

Assume I have written a book and want to name it: The Joy of Not Being Stupid Would the "not" be capitalized?
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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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How do I mention a video game in a formal piece of writing?

What is the proper convention for mentioning the title of a video game in a formal research paper? Would I place the title in quotations, like the name of a short story ("Myst"), underline it, like ...
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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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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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What should be used instead of Mister in a formal setting when foreign titles are involved? [closed]

I want to preface this that I am not an English native speaker but I am fluent in the language. I am organizing an event and one of our foreign guests insists on not being called Mister Family_name ...
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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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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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Title-Casing "ad hoc"

Let's say there's an article or a book titled solutions for ad hoc problems in foobar. How is ad hoc title-cased? As a preposition ad with a pronoun hoc or as an adjective? I mean, which of these four ...
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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 with ...
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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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Should I capitalize the word "that" in a title? [duplicate]

Since the version of the word "that" might matter to the correct answer, I'll provide the actual title in question: Title: Existing Solutions that Didn't Work If someone could explain the why of ...
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What punctuation to use when quotation ends in a question mark?

I would like to write "In "[article name]," [author] states such and such." However, in this particular instance, [article name] ends in a question mark. How should I punctuate this? "In "Can Pigs ...
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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 by E. Cales ...
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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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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 title (...
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Should one italicise an italicised phase within a book title?

In UK/Commonwealth styles, is there a generally accepted convention for whether or not one italicises or renders roman an italicised phrase within the title of a book? My specific example, which may ...
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How do I title a section pertaining to "things I can do" on my CV?

I am putting together my CV and I have a section that shows a breakdown of all the things I can do as a Graphic Designer. For example, Logos & Branding Technical Drawings Pitch Decks etc. I ...
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What is an idiom for better than "textbook case", "by the book" or "best practices" [closed]

Something indicating above and beyond the standard best practices, superior to by-the-book-experience. For instance, I would like to use it in a blog title The non-textbook / non-standard / beyond ...
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Plural form of movie titles

When referring to the plural of a movie title (in the case where the movie has sequels), do you have to obey the pluralization rules of the last word in the title, or do you just add -s or -es to the ...
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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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What are the different rules for capitalization of prepositions in titles? [closed]

There are probably different rules for different style guides, but I do have one question. I have heard that the general rule is that any preposition less than four letters does not get capitalized, ...
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When using title case, how should hyphenated words be capitalized? [closed]

Here's one title that includes a hyphenated words. Also this includes a word that is sometimes capitalized in title case. Aliens are coming in the not-too-distant future! Or an article called: ...
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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 ...
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Are chapter headings and other semantically smaller parts as the title capitalized?

I found the question Which words in a title should be capitalized? Regarding the number of answers votes and also according to my personal taste I like to capitalize titles. But what exactly are ...
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Naming Duos: Why "Hall and Oates" over "Oates and Hall"?

When listing a pair of names (like Laverne and Shirley) or a duo of terms connected by "and" (such as "peanut butter and jelly"), is there a reason why one word order would sound better than the ...
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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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What does "How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" mean?

The sub-title of Dr. Strangelove is "or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" and it's used as a very common snowclone in other contexts. But what does the sub-title actually mean? What ...
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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 ...
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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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