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#178798 - 08/18/08 12:37 AM Writing Help: Capitalization  
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Is there a reason to capitalize the words "communist" and "socialist" in this sentence:

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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?

#178809 - 08/18/08 10:31 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Nouveau Scribe]  
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I would say leave them all lower case unless, as you say, they're part of a proper noun phrase.

#178825 - 08/19/08 07:30 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Faldage]  
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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.

#181313 - 12/29/08 05:14 PM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Zed]  
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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.


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#181429 - 01/04/09 03:58 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Zed]  
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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.

#181458 - 01/04/09 11:06 PM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: hellerfan]  
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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?


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#181778 - 01/16/09 02:12 PM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: LukeJavan8]  
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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).

#181866 - 01/19/09 12:18 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: Andrew Robinson]  
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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.

#181873 - 01/19/09 11:35 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: PastorVon]  
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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.

#181887 - 01/20/09 12:07 AM Re: Writing Help: Capitalization [Re: PastorVon]  
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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

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