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Chapter 29. A Capital Affair > A Tall Order: Capitalization - Pg. 335

A Capital Affair 335 Writer's Block When you quote a word or phrase, don't capitalize it, as this example shows: The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb. · Capitalize "President" when you refer to the President of the United States, but no cap if you refer to all the presidents of the United States. The presidents of corporations don't warrant caps unless you're using "president" as a title. Go figure. · Capitalize titles before a person's name. Examples: Dr. Levitan, Ms. Loren · Capitalize the names of specific animals. Example: Rin Tin Tin · Capitalize titles used in direct address. Example: "Doctor, I have a toothache." · Capitalize abbreviations that appear after a person's name. Examples: Martin Luther King Jr., Betsy Sullivan, Ph.D.