Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Grammar Goody #10--Capitalization, part 2

Job titles: this is a tricky one, but it has an easily remembered rule.

Capitalize job titles only if they precede the name of the person who holds that job. If not, don't capitalize.

Here are two examples of the correct form.

Andrew Cuomo will be the new governor of New York State.

Governor David Paterson will be leaving office in January.

So, if you're writing about someone who is the dog catcher in your town, you would say that he is the town's dog catcher. But his official name would be Dog Catcher Francis Fido.

Many, many people get this one wrong and believe that job titles are always capitalized. Sorry, but that is not the case. Even the word president when des

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