Posts made in January, 2011

Hell to Pay with English Grammar

Posted by on Jan 25, 2011 in Blog | 4 comments

Hell to Pay with English Grammar

Look at the word hell. Surprised it’s not capitalized, even though it’s a proper noun— a real place with a name, in the same way that Applebee’s or Route 66 are real places with names? Few beyond devotees of grammar and punctuation rules are aware that in English, “terms for divine dwelling places, ideal states, places of divine punishment, and the like, are usually lowercased.” That’s the Chicago Manual of Style talking, the non-technical writer’s Bible (and Bible, by the way, is capitalized, falling handily under the classification of a “highly revered work”). So maybe...

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