Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 >
Topic Options
#178798 - 08/17/08 08:37 PM Writing Help: Capitalization
Nouveau Scribe Offline
stranger

Registered: 08/17/08
Posts: 1
Loc: United States
Is there a reason to capitalize the words "communist" and "socialist" in this sentence:

 Quote:
Anyone who thinks that is nothing but a Socialist or Communist ...


This is quoted from a book about writing: "Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric" by Hogins and Yarber.

I can understand if he meant "Communist Party of China" where capitalization is required but in this context, is capitalization justified?

Top
#178809 - 08/18/08 06:31 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Nouveau Scribe]
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
I would say leave them all lower case unless, as you say, they're part of a proper noun phrase.

Top
#178825 - 08/19/08 03:30 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Faldage]
Zed Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I would leave it lower case as well but there could be an argument that it is capitalized to indicate that the writer was referring to members of a group or movement and not just to their ideology.
Nope, capitals still look wrong.

Top
#181313 - 12/29/08 12:14 PM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Zed]
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6437
Loc: Land of the Flat Water


If I were still teaching high school I would have the students
leave them in lower case, unless, as Zed says, it refers to
a particular group, and not their ideology.

This is a great topic, our country and its use of language
and grammar sadly and badly needs this, to wit, the media.
_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----

Top
#181429 - 01/03/09 10:58 PM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Zed]
hellerfan Offline
stranger

Registered: 12/31/08
Posts: 3
Loc: Houston, TX
If you're going to label a person a member of the Socialist or Communist groups (parties), then the words Socialist and Communist are proper nouns and should be capitalized.

Top
#181458 - 01/04/09 06:06 PM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: hellerfan]
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6437
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
Originally Posted By: hellerfan
If you're going to label a person a member of the Socialist or Communist groups (parties), then the words Socialist and Communist are proper nouns and should be capitalized.


but would not zed's comment above still be correct?
_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----

Top
#181778 - 01/16/09 09:12 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: LukeJavan8]
Andrew Robinson Offline
stranger

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 23
Loc: Ireland
Different publishers have their own house rules about capitalization; problems can arise when there is a difference between for instance a college fellow (contemporary) and a College Fellow (proprietor).

Top
#181866 - 01/18/09 07:18 PM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Andrew Robinson]
PastorVon Offline
member

Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 107
Loc: USA, North Carolina
Originally Posted By: Andrew Robinson
Different publishers have their own house rules about capitalization; problems can arise when there is a difference between for instance a college fellow (contemporary) and a College Fellow (proprietor).


But, aren't there a number of style manuals that serve as standards? I think of the Chicago Style Manual for one. When I was in college (1960s), Harbrace's Manual was the standard at the university I attended.

Top
#181873 - 01/19/09 06:35 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: PastorVon]
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
Originally Posted By: PastorVon

But, aren't there a number of style manuals that serve as standards?


There are. They don't always agree on specifics. Different publishers choose different manuals.

Top
#181887 - 01/19/09 07:07 PM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: PastorVon]
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
Originally Posted By: PastorVon


But, aren't there a number of style manuals that serve as standards?


PastorVon started a sentence with a conjunction! shocked

Top
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 >

Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8729 Members
16 Forums
13805 Topics
214955 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
BILLH, GrandmaCoo, ShellsnBells, charmingthemuse, toddster
8729 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 31 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 119
endymion6 107
wofahulicodoc 90
A C Bowden 48
jenny jenny 42
Tromboniator 8
Bazr 7
tsuwm 7
FoFong 4
Dennis_Lees 1
Top Posters
wwh 13858
Faldage 13803
Jackie 11609
tsuwm 10521
Buffalo Shrdlu 7210
AnnaStrophic 6511
LukeJavan8 6437
Wordwind 6296
of troy 5400
BranShea 5282

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 2014 Wordsmith