For example, the following is true:
- In talking about Chief Smith, it's capitalized if you're talking about his name. but if you write 'the chief,' it's not capitalized. Same with the president, etc.
- Citing the Fifth Amendment to the constitution, you write 'pleading the Fifth' where Fifth is capitalized. (Note: The Fifth Amendment includes the right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination).
- The coasts are capitalized, because they're a place. So if referring to a specific place (like in the United States, for example), the West Coast, the East Coast, etc., are places. The West Coast includes California, Oregon, and Washington, for example.
- Brand names should always be capitalized. For example, Dumpster is a brand name.
- Holidays are capitalized
- Races are capitalized (African American, Caucasian, Eskimo, etc.) But white and black are not capitalized in reference to race.
- Heaven and Hell can or can not be capitalized, depending on the reference. Just be consistent.
- Governmental things, like Congress. But some are not capitalized, like congressional or federal.
- Historical episodes and eras
- Special occasions (like the Olympic Games)
Have a great day!
Heaven or heaven?
Should words like hell/Hell and Heaven/heaven be capitalized or not? Why?