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    Default 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.

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    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...

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    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?

    Thanks! :?

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    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.

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    I would, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I would, too.
    I would too.

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    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")

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    Thanks for your replies to my capitalizatin question! I thought it should be capitalized but when I started looking things up I became confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amquist
    Thanks for your replies to my capitalizatin question!
    You're welcome. :)

    I thought it should be capitalized but when I started looking things up I became confused.
    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.


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