Talk:Capitalization in English

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Capitalisation - historically[edit]

What about earlier rules of capitalization in English? Reading this (“The Coffee houses particularly are very commodious for a free Conversation, and for reading at an easy Rate all manner of printed News”), it seems that English used to capitalise all nouns (house is an exception in the example, probably because it was one expression together with coffee which is already capitalised...? If anyone knows something about it, this would be an interesting addition to the article. --Scartelak (talk) 20:55, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Capitalization - categories[edit]

"When to capitalize" ... {This topic should be expanded for clarity & completeness. Is there a useful distinction to be made in 'the name of' vs 'the word for' something?}
. "Geological & astronomic features": 'Antarctica', 'Pleiades' . "Personal names": should include nicknames('Ice-T'), pet names('Rover'), pseudonyms ('Santa Claus', except 'e e cummings')
. "National and regional": should read more generally for completeness: The individual/organization names for governmental or community jurisdictions, like 'America', 'Virginia', 'Reston' (originally 'RES town'), or 'Union, Ohio', 'Colloquial Estates' (neighborhood name), 'Riverside' (part of a city).
. Add "Titles of art or creative works": Written(Poems, Pros), painted(La Giaconda), sculpted(Pieta), directed(movies,plays,videos), composed(music), compounded (cosmetics), ... and some architectural(I.E.: 'Fallingwater') works of creativity (artistic, creative, biological?)
. Atomic elements: 'Hydrogen', etc
. common parts of speech that derive from capitalized names: 'Americans' (denizens or citizens of the USA or any of the Americas, 'American muskrat'), 'Jeffersonians' (Followers of Thomas Jefferson's thinking.)
--Wikidity (talk) 21:06, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Is this article needed?[edit]

At the moment, there actually seems to be less information about "Capitalisation in English" in this article than in Capitalization or Letter case. For this article to be viable it should be the other way around. Those articles should have summaries, and the full detail should be here. At the moment, this article seems a bit pointless. (talk) 14:36, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

True but no alternative. The generic (correctly) has a globalize tag on it.
That effectively requires a break out English specific article. Just hasn't been done fully. In ictu oculi (talk) 04:18, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Move to American spelling[edit]

inevitable In ictu oculi (talk) 04:18, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
English by American vs British vs Australian vs Cajun users?
--Wikidity (talk) 21:13, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

"Hoover", "Biro" capitalised? Not necessarily[edit]

"Hoover" and "Biro" are bad examples because they're indeed capitalised when used as brand names, but these two names are also used as common names for any brand of vacuum cleaner or ball point pen, and when used as common names, they're not capitalised:

  • "Why is the hoover making a strange noise?"
  • "I think there's the lid of a biro stuck in it."


  • "What type of vacuum did you buy?"
  • "A Hoover."

I'll change the article. Gronky (talk) 02:18, 9 January 2014 (UTC)