Should "information age" be capitalized - see sent
How they respond to this dilema is one of the fundamental challenges of the Information Age and will shape the marketplace for years to come.
In the American Heritage Dictionary of the Eng Language 4th Edition 2000 I found the following references - all nouns
ice age (not cap) A cold period...
Ice Age (Cap) The most recent glacial period...
Bronze Age (Cap) A period of human culture...
Iron Age (Cap) The period in cultural development...
information age (not cap) The period beginning around 1970...
Each of these terms are nouns, each describes a period of time. Why does the dictionary capitalize some and not others? For "information age" would either way (cap or not) be proper? How do you make the distinction?
We capitalize certain terms in order to ascribe more importance to them than we otherwise would. I would capitalize "Information Age", since it refers to a specific era.
I would too.
Originally Posted by tdol
I would also say that we capitalize "Information Age" because it is a name. It is the name of a specific, important period of time. (almost like a "title")
Thanks for your replies to my capitalizatin question! I thought it should be capitalized but when I started looking things up I became confused.
You're welcome. :)
Originally Posted by amquist
The term Information Age is a relatively new one. In such a case, matters are likely to be in a state of flux, so to speak.
I thought it should be capitalized but when I started looking things up I became confused.
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