Friday, December 9, 2011

Grammar Friday - Capitalization (Plus Other Stuff)

Capitalization at a Glance

Days of the week: Monday, Tuesday

Months: May, June

Holidays, holy days:
Christmas, Easter

Periods, events in history: Renaissance, Middle Ages

Special Events: Battle of Gettysburg
( Gettysburg? A special event? Seems like an understatement to me)

Official Documents: Constitution

Trade Names : Kleenex tissues, Honda Pilot
(Gotta pay attention to these in your writing. Like Jeep vs a jeep.

Formal epithets: Attila the Hun

Geographical names
Planets, heavenly bodies: Mars, Pluto, the Milky Way

Continents: Australia, Africa

Streets, roads, highways: Fifth Avenue, Route 66

Sections of a country, of a continent: the Northwest, the Far East

Landforms: Mohave Desert, Blue Ridge Mountains

Bodies of water: Lake Powell, Amazon River

Public areas: Yellow Stone National Park

Things you don't capitalize: 
Seasons, a.m. or p.m., or compass points.

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WIP Update

I sent the first 50 pages of WIP #1 to an editor.
Should I squeee? Or should I cringe?


  1. What about my name, I want to capitilize that too darn it!...hahaha

  2. Squee or flee? How about, take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back for taking that step?

    Easy for me to say. I was a wreck when I turned my WiP over to others for reading.

  3. On the subject of capital letters... I hate it when people talk/write about 'kindles' when they mean e-readers. A Kindle is an e-reader sold by Amazon.

    (It's too late to stop Biro and Hoover I suppose.....)

  4. Definitely SQUEEE! I'm so proud of you (like I had anything to do with it.)

    I mess up on the capitalization thing with seasons and am and pm. I really want to capitalize those things. Don't know why,I just do.

  5. Thanks for the grammar lesson, and I cast a vote for squeeing. It's a great feeling taking this step forward and putting your work out there, don't you think? Hoping you hear good things soon :)

  6. I would like to see Alex squee, but you most definitely should. LD

    There's something I've always wondered if it should be capitalized, but now I'm drawing a blank as to what it is.

  7. Really? a.m. and p.m.? I've been doing it wrong all these years? *hangs head in embarrassment*

  8. Dude! You should totally SQUEE! (yes, I just said "dude.") Sorry! That is exciting tho.

    And great info on the Grammar stuff. I need to bookmark these things.

  9. Congrats on sending you WIP to an editor. I hope you get great feedback!

  10. Darn, I better quit capitolizing seasons. You sent your WIP to an editor?! Cool! I wish you the best of luck. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Totally SQUEEEEE! That's awesome! :D :D

  12. But I WANT to capitalize A.M. and P.M. (darn it)!!! And SQUEEE!!

  13. Great post and I always want to capitalize seasons for some reason!

  14. "Should I squeee? Or should I cringe?"

    I want to hear you squee clear across the country to where I am. And I think you should celebrate! What an amazing big step. I'm so proud of you.

  15. I'm going to go with...

    (Oops! I probably broke a capitalization rule there. I might have to re-read your post again!)

  16. Hard not to capitalize compass points when you work for a surveyor! Most of those I already knew, so I feel much better. lol. Definitely squee. They'd be stupid not to want more. (Just my opinion) Keeping my fingers crossed for you! Mentally, of course; couldn't type otherwise, hehe.


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