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When someone spells out letters in dialogue, should they be capitalized? "P-L-E-A-S-E" vs. "p-l-e-a-s-e"

Whether in dialogue or not, proper naming of a single letter of the alphabet varies by style guide. Options include uppercase, lowercase, in quotes, bold, or italics: Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) ...
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Are there other proposed translations of "aelfheres" in Beowulf than a name?

Names in Old English manuscripts are typically spelled without leading capital. Nothing unusual in that. It's a man's name in genitive case. mæg higelaces "kinsman of Hygelac" occurs a half-...
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Are names of chemicals not proper nouns?

Generally, the names of chemicals are not considered proper nouns. They are classified as common nouns: Proper nouns name specific people, places, organizations, or things (ex: John, Paris, Apple, ...
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Are there other proposed translations of "aelfheres" in Beowulf than a name?

From an MIT anonymous translation in 2003 WIGLAF his name was, Weohstan's son, - Wiglaf wæs haten Weoxstanes sunu, linden-thane loved, the lord of Scylfings - leoflic lindwiga, leod Scylfinga, ...
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Are names of chemicals not proper nouns?

It's convention. Take a few similar sentences: I gave it to a person called Michael. The 79th element is called Gold. I put it on the thing called Table. There are many Tables in that room. There are ...
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Is it proper to capitalize the scientific method?

It's not normally capitalized, but you'd get misleading results if you just searched case-sensitive Google NGrams for the scientific method, the Scientific Method, and The Scientific Method, because ...
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Tech-related: should I capitalize the word 'Git' in this context or not?

In your case, I suggest treating it as regular text and capitalizing it but in other cases it might be more appropriate to leave it lowercase as a command. Git is the name of the software and a ...
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When someone spells out letters in dialogue, should they be capitalized? "P-L-E-A-S-E" vs. "p-l-e-a-s-e"

Very few of the of style guides I consulted offer advice on punctuating words intended to be read phonetically letter by letter. From The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition (2010): 6.77 ...
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Are there other proposed translations of "aelfheres" in Beowulf than a name?

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s prose translation of Beowulf, those lines he translated this way: In one alone of them the heart was moved with grief. Kinship may nothing set aside in virtuous mind. Wiglaf was ...
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In a title, do I capitalize "on" in the prepositional phrase "on time"?

You may think that the fact that 'on time' is a fixed phrase (an idiom, as the preposition usage is really unpredictable) might dictate that 'on' needs the same treatment as 'time'. However, 'on' is ...
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Should I use capital or small letter here? "Dear All" or "Dear all"?

See https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0100.html which states that: You’ll still find “forms of address” in the back of printed editions of Merriam-Webster’s ...
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When someone spells out letters in dialogue, should they be capitalized? "P-L-E-A-S-E" vs. "p-l-e-a-s-e"

Growing up in the UK whenever I saw this in books, it was always uppercase letters inside speech marks to indicate someone spelling out a word. However, given the way uppercase text is used in ...
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Are names of chemicals not proper nouns?

In scientific journals, especially those on the topic of chemistry, a style guide is likely to be followed for formatting of chemical names. For modern scientific literature, most follow the ...
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"Romantic" (likewise "Romanticism") historically always capitalised?

There is no absolute rule as regards capitalization. From the ngram for "Romantic poet,romantic poet", it can be seen that roughly over the whole of the 19th century, when the term can be ...
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Is it proper to capitalize the scientific method?

From what current usage shows, you have the choice to capitalize this term or not. It is a term that was not capitalized often in the past. This information can be extracted from the following Google ...
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Should "pandemic" be capitalized when referring to "the pandemic"?

It would be unusual, though hardly unacceptable, to capitalise the pandemic (to emphasise the magnitude). Thus Conrad Duncan, writing under the Imperial College London aegis, writes: Two years of ...
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Capitalization and Use of Acronyms?

"You pays your money and you takes your choice." If you believe in "vox populi, vox dei" then you will be impressed by the Google Ngram of Decision Tree Classifier,decision tree ...
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gum arabic - capitalized or not?

Neither Oxford English Dictionary (login required) nor Merriam-Webster capitalizes arabic in gum arabic. And here’s what The Chicago Manual of Style has to say: 8: Names, Terms, and Titles of Works 8....
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Are names of chemicals not proper nouns?

Most substances' names are not capitalized unless they are trademarked. Most trademarks are capitalized, though the owner of a trademark may specify otherwise. Some names were trademarked at one ...
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Is it ok to start sentences with quotes with lower case when lower case is important for meaning?

In the context you mention, the use of quotation marks has a metalinguistic function, signaling that the word itself and not the thing signified by the word is (in this case) the subject of the given ...
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Should "the" always be capitalised if it is part of a proper name?

Taking a multi-word proper name that invariably includes a definite article, the Yorkshire Ripper, Google results for "that the Yorkshire Ripper" and "was the Yorkshire Ripper" ...
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When someone spells out letters in dialogue, should they be capitalized? "P-L-E-A-S-E" vs. "p-l-e-a-s-e"

In situations where one can typographically distinguish the letters being spelled out, lowercase letters would often be better than uppercase. Writing about a and b may be nicer than talking about &...
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When someone spells out letters in dialogue, should they be capitalized? "P-L-E-A-S-E" vs. "p-l-e-a-s-e"

Whether in dialogue or not, when naming a letter of the alphabet we write it in upper-case. As far as I know this is so in all languages that use the Roman alphabet.
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Can the capital 'Y' be rendered isomorphically? (i.e. as a bigger version as the lowercase one)

Here is a font currently on my computer
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Is “Mecca” capitalized when used figuratively?

Just to post it since the other answers didn't: Is this correct, or is Mecca capitalized in its figurative use, as well? It depends. People are haphazard in application or defer making their own ...
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Proper Noun Capitalization for Type of Thing

When a non-default, novel and/or precising/stipulative definition is intended for a term, the usual way to show this is to set it off the first time it appears in print using scare quotes (inverted ...
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They're ready for you, doctor/Doctor

The Chicago Manual of Style has changed its preference in the 17th edition. (Section 10.16) Abbreviations for social titles: Thank you, Doctor (I assume this goes for addressing a person as Doc, too)
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Should we capitalize Prisoner's Dilemma and when?

Prisoner's Dilemma is a concept of game theory that has 'a misleading name taken from one example' (Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons, sect. 2.3). Most of its applications have nothing to do with ...
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