July 4th, 2010 | Category: John Green, punctuation

‘The rules of capitalisation are so unfair to words in the middle of a sentence.’ This is the opinion of the elusive Margo Roth Spiegelman, protagonist Quentin – Q’s – erstwhile friend/more than friend, in ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green. I’m with Margo all the way on this one. I think the occasional mid-sentence cap series can impart an Attention Grabbing Emphasis when called for. Although Margo-usage is more random – a freely dispensed favour…

8 responses to “caps”

  1. Greer says:

    I’ve been known to use caps randomly in the middle of sentences. My grade 4 teacher stamped it out of me, but I always thought Horse deserved a capital letter…

  2. Cath Crowley says:

    I like a mid-sentence cap. I like punctuation that grabs my attention and throws me (a little) off course.

    • fiona says:

      Oh Greer, I love that!

      Cath, caps and hyphens were my copy-edit challenges; I discovered (feels the shame) they were often a function of mood rather than principle.

  3. Diem says:

    OMG! I’ve listened to the Dan talk, well, not literally but you know what I mean. AH! Funny but sad too. This grin is going to take over my face …

  4. DoctorDi says:

    Couldn’t agree more, Fiona. I’m a big believer in a judiciously selected mid-sentence capital. And Greer’s Horse- well, that’s just great.

  5. I too am cap-happy But Only for the Really Important Things
    (poor little lower case the)

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