Title Case in Running Text Does Not Equal Emphasis or Importance


AaCap­i­tal­iz­ing words in an attempt to lend them empha­sis or impor­tance is near the top of this copyeditor’s (and prob­a­bly many oth­ers’) list of pet peeves. Peo­ple! A pri­mary use of ital­ics is to empha­size words. Under­lin­ing is another, albeit some­what anti­quated, way to do so. All-capping does the trick in infor­mal writ­ing, though you have to be care­ful: it can be taken as shouting–whether angry or excited, des­per­ate or freaked out. But Nowhere in mod­ern writ­ing of Eng­lish has mid-sentence cap­i­tal­iza­tion been taught as a way to show empha­sis. (See what I did there? Just demon­strat­ing the break­ing of The Rule.) Read more »

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