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    Capitalization of titles

    I had always thought the capitalization of a title such as President of the United States was capitalized if it were specific and put in lower case letter if it were general such as president of a country. Somewhat suggested I was inaccurate, and that the placement of the title determined capitalization. Could you please clarify the rules.

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    Re: Capitalization of titles

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    I had always thought the capitalization of a title such as President of the United States was capitalized if it were specific and put in lower case letter if it were general such as president of a country. Somewhat suggested I was inaccurate, and that the placement of the title determined capitalization. Could you please clarify the rules.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Ms. Nevsky,


    I am an old man. I think that I remember that when I was young,

    I would read something such as:

    The city was honored with a visit by the President yesterday.

    Down through the years, however, the powers that be seem to

    have implemented this rule:

    Capitalize if the person's name follows: I read a biography of

    President Washington.

    Otherwise, no capitalization:

    I am traveling to D.C. to witness the inauguration of the

    first woman president. / Some people feel that the president

    should support that bill.

    I believe all newspapers now follow this rule, even The New York

    Times -- which is very strict about such things.

    Maybe (probably) it's just my imagination, but I may have

    heard somewhere that one reason for lowercasing the word is

    that some people in other countries felt it was arrogant to

    write: The President will speak tonight. By capitalizing it,

    it seemed to give too much importance (or even majesty) to

    that office. After all, some people said, other countries have

    presidents, too!!!


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    Re: Capitalization of titles

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    I had always thought the capitalization of a title such as President of the United States was capitalized if it were specific and put in lower case letter if it were general such as president of a country. Somewhat suggested I was inaccurate, and that the placement of the title determined capitalization. Could you please clarify the rules.
    Use capital letters for titles of offices when the title precedes the name of an officeholder but not when the title occurs alone. This rule is often ignored within organizations that need to use capitalize titles of positions. Another exception to this rule involves the president of the U.S.; some styles require this title to use a capital letter, even when it occurs alone
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