RE: Capitalization examples?

Subject: RE: Capitalization examples?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Kirk Turner" <royj -at- alltel -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 09:08:37 -0600

Kirk Turner wrote:

> Does anyone know of an online listing or style guide of
> capitalization examples (other than the GPO site) that would
> help with construction and financial terms?
> And yes, I have consulted the CMS and the dictionary. Be nice.

So you know that, in English, proper names are capitalized and common
nouns are not. What is it that you don't think is covered by that rule?

Attorneys exempt themselves from the general rule when writing contracts
-- they capitalize terms that have been specifically defined in the
contract, simply to call attention to the fact that the contract
definition applies, not the common meaning of the word.

I'm not aware of any similar exemptions from the rules of standard
English in construction and finance (except, of course, the legal
contracts they use).

But then, I don't consider "we need to capitalize the words that are
important" to be a legitimate exemption from the rule. ;-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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