UWF WRITING LAB RULES OF THUMB FOR FAULTY CAPITALIZATION, ITALICIZATION, HYPHENATION, AND QUOTATION TECHNIQUE. From Real Good Grammar, Too by Mamie Webb Hixon. To capitalize or not to.
Real Good Grammar, Too
by Mamie Webb Hixon
Created by April Turner
Revised by Mamie Webb Hixon
iPhone and iPad
rock ‘n roll music
winter, spring, summer, or fall
north by northwest
west of the Mississippi
lawyer former astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison
bank teller the sheriff
a junior college
a civil war
a social security check
a large city
a U.S. marine
Bachelor of Arts degree BUT
acronyms and initials
Books, novels, plays, movies, newspapers, magazines, paintings, sculptures, ships, trains, TV programs
TV episodes, short stories, songs, poems, chapters in a book, essays, speeches
Place periods and commas inside closing quotation marks; semicolons and colons, outside; question marks and exclamation marks are placed according to whether the mark accompanies the sentence or the quotation.
Words and expressions that need to be emphasized or that the writer wants to call attention to:
Marco is a career student – he has been enrolled eight years already because he believes in the mantra “stay in school.”
The celebrity couple are not married to each other; they have an “LTA,” a “living together arrangement.”
Both children have cancer, but neither of them is “out of the woods” yet.
I remember “Mommilies” such as “Things aren’t always as bad as they seem.”
Words used as words
The report will use the word “aborigine” to refer only to the primitive tribes now living in Australia.
Words used satirically or words that should not be taken literally
The librarian righteously cleansed the library of all "dirty literature" such as Catch 22, Huckleberry Finn, and The Color Purple.
A quotation within another quotation or a title within a quote
Dr. Feinstein opened his lecture by saying, “Albert Einstein reminded us that ‘Great spirits always receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.’”
The intro to Lit student naively remarked, “The nurse in Eudora Welty’s short story ‘A Worn Path’ calls the protagonist Phoenix Jackson ‘aunt,’ so are the two characters related?”
well-: self-evident, all-encompassing, well-intended