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When to capitalize

Capitalization is writing a word with its first letter as a majuscule (upper case letter) and the remaining letters in minuscule (lower case letters). The term is also used more broadly to refer to any aspect of using upper and lower case letters.

The CP Stylebook offers this basic advise for capitalization.

Capitalize all proper names, trade names, government departments and agencies of government, names of associations, companies, clubs, religions, languages, nations, races, places, and addresses. Otherwise lowercase is favoured where a reasonable option exists.”

Let’s spell this out in a short set of rules.

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