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Category: Capitalization

Is It Mother’s Day, Mothers’ Day, or Mothers Day?

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 6:00 am

As the second Sunday of May approaches, we are reminded again of the importance of motherhood. The holiday dedicated to mothers was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and later made an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Its origin can be traced to the ancient Greeks and Romans, but the foundation of the modern holiday …

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Is It St. Patrick’s Day or St. Patricks Day?

Posted on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 6:00 am

As March 17 approaches, some people may wonder how to write the name of the holiday that honors Saint Patrick. Do You Use an Apostrophe When Spelling St. Patrick's Day? The day is recognized as the "Feast of St. Patrick" in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. The Associated Press Stylebook identifies the holiday …

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Is It Doctoral Degree or Doctorate Degree?

Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 6:00 am

Among the many style items involved in American English, references to academic degrees remain a common source of uncertainty. Do we write doctoral degree or doctorate degree? What is the difference between a Ph.D. and an M.D., and when should the credentials appear in our writing? We'll address such questions to provide direction you can …

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Is It Associate Degree or Associate’s Degree?

Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 6:00 am

American English is replete with style questions and details. One item that can remain elusive for those seeking consistency in their writing is the treatment of academic degrees. If you complete your education at a junior college, have you earned an associate degree—or an associate’s degree? Let’s discuss that further and arrive at direction you …

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Is It Veterans’ Day, Veteran’s Day, or Veterans Day?

Posted on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 6:00 am

As November 11 approaches, some people may wonder how to write the name of the November 11 American holiday that commemorates the end of world-war hostilities in 1918 and 1945 as well as all who have served the U.S. Armed Forces. Do we use an apostrophe when spelling Veterans Day? The answer is no. According …

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Should You Capitalize Street Names?

Posted on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 6:00 am

Grammatically speaking, the names of streets and roads can get a little bit tricky. Do you know when to capitalize them? If you aren’t sure, this short grammar post will give you helpful guidance. Street Name Capitalization Rules When we consider capitalizing the names of streets and roads, we separate them into two categories. The …

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Capitalization of Seasons: Are Seasons Capitalized?

Posted on Friday, July 30, 2021, at 6:00 am

Winter might be coming, or you might have a spring in your step. The seasons tell us a lot about climate, mood, and even which fashions and foods are in style. But grammatically, they can sometimes summon a headache. For instance, do you know if you should capitalize the names of seasons when you’re writing …

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Is It Bachelors Degree or Bachelor’s Degree?

Posted on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 6:00 am

One of the ironies of education is that many people receive four-year degrees in the U.S. each year but aren’t sure whether their achievement needs to be written with an apostrophe. Even if you did well in English and grammar courses earlier on, such a detail may not be something you address every day. Do …

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Capitalizing Titles

Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 6:00 am

When and how to capitalize titles of works and titles of formal rank or professional status can remain a common question. We'll focus on that topic today for additional clarity. (Note that style for capitalizing titles can vary among stylebooks and in-house style guidelines. What we share here offers a baseline that you can follow; …

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Should Dog Breeds Be Capitalized?

Posted on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 6:00 am

Suppose you are writing about a type of dog – or even to your favorite dog – and need to mention a type or breed. Should the dog breed be capitalized? This is a common question in American English for a couple of reasons. First, because dogs are a big part of our lives, they …

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