To Cap or Not to Cap “Social Security”

Generally speaking, unless you add the word “administration,” “social security” does not need to be capped. …He is not old enough for social security. …I will use my social security for that. A reporter just presented this context, where I think it should be capped as it is talking about the entity. …Did you speak with Social Security about that …

The Word “Court”

The word “court.” standing alone, is capped when it refers to the judge, one trial judge, and the judge alone. Otherwise, it is not capped. …The Court will rule on the motion. …The court will adjourn for the day. …We will go to court with this. …The trial court has the power to decide on this. Happy punctuating! Margie

The Word “Number”

When the word number is part of a sequential reference in front of a figure, it should be abbreviated “No.” The plural is “Nos.” …I believe it is page No. 4. …It is referenced here as Check No. 4543. …They were listed in Chapters Nos. 5 and 7. Happy punctuating! Margie

Capping After the Dash

Do not cap a word after a dash unless it always has to be capped. …He was on his way to — to visit her in the hospital. …She helped him to — helped her to the couch after she fell. When there is a complete chance of topic after the dash, paragraph the next sentence. Of course, the paragraphed …

Those Capital Letters…

Just a reminder that, when using direct address, titles are capped and words that are just designations are not capped. …I want to know, Officer, where you were. …Show us, Detective, how you did that. …Tell me, sir, how far you went. …Would you please, hon, hand me the remote. Happy punctuating! Margie