Mighty Red Pen

December 10, 2006

It’s Capital!

Filed under: Overseen,Pet peeves — mighty red pen @ 3:05 pm

One thing drives MRP Nuts: inappropriate capitalization for the purpose of emphasizing a Certain Word. For example:


We’re speaking in English here, People, not German. Proper Nouns do not need to be capitalized. For this we have italics, bold, even underlining.

 Okay, don’t even get MRP started on Inappropriate Underlining . . .



  1. don’t even get me started! “We need Justice for our Nurses!” i want to cry, daily, about this very thing.

    Comment by aud — December 11, 2006 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  2. Why are you hating on the Germans? Aside from world wars and genocide, I mean. Or does the Geman language allow for the capitalization of Proper Nouns?

    Comment by Krodamai — December 11, 2006 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  3. I’m going to assume that all the extra CAPS in your post were done on purpose.
    I’m at the edge of my seat waiting for the post on inappropriate underlining. refresh…refresh…refresh.

    Comment by The Mole — December 11, 2006 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

  4. Krodamai, I’m not hating on the Germans. Aside from world wars and genocide . . . but that’s not what MRP is about. But yes, German allows for the capitalization of Proper Nouns but evidently that was a very um, subtle reference . . .

    Comment by mightyredpen — December 12, 2006 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  5. What? I put extra CAPS in my Post? Gasp!

    Comment by mightyredpen — December 12, 2006 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  6. In 10 years, the capitalization of the Holiday Season will be the norm, just like New Year’s Day. Resistance is futile. You will live to regret this post.

    Comment by fadinghoneyblondehighlights — December 12, 2006 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  7. baaa ha ha, marty’s so funny.

    Comment by aud — December 12, 2006 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  8. There was no joke, but it’s always good to hear your sheep noises. The upcoming season is changing from “Christmas” and “New Year’s” to “the holidays.” As that happens, I’m seeing more and more “the Holidays.”

    Comment by fadinghoneyblondehighlights — December 14, 2006 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  9. “Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season,” was the header on the card recently received from my much lamented state representative. Clearly, he’s spent more time on capitalizing words needlessly than serving his constituents.

    As for underlining, I can’t say I’ve ever seen it used needlessly. It adds a certain air of beggary to your composition, I find.

    Comment by David — December 18, 2006 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

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