Mind the cap

Subway riders “Mind the gap”. Word lovers mind the cap, consistently. It’s just that capitalization rules can vary by style guide. We know the rules for proper nouns and proper names but not so much for eponyms, acronyms and initialisms. Here’s how various references cite capital letters.

  • 16th century
  • baby boomer
  • Bible, Torah, Qur’an
  • braille,  often capitalized
  • Caesarean section
  • Cajun music
  • diesel engine
  • dumpster
  • eBay
  • FOREX
  • Generation X
  • Grammy Award
  • Gypsy
  • iPod
  • k. d. lang,  except when first word in a sentence
  • medieval period
  • middle aged
  • Middle Ages
  • n/a – not applicable
  • Na – chemical symbol
  • Old Man Winter
  • Olympian
  • Petri dish
  • Phillips screw driver
  • Platonic solids
  • Q&A
  • single malt Scotch
  • T-shirt
  • the Sixties
  • the West Coast
  • thermos
  • x-coordinate

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