Some want to save the whales. Some want to save the ta-tas. That’s all fine and dandy, but in the future, how will people make a statement about saving the whales and the rain forests if they don’t even possess the writing skills to produce a bumper sticker? That’s why I want to “Save the Written Word.” Let’s get started.
Place quotation marks before and after the exact words of a speaker or writer.
- Greg said, "I drank with Edward today."
- "No," replied Steve, "I’m cutting hair tomorrow."
- "There’s a sale at Penny’s," he said.
- Everyone should read "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
- Sarah Palin’s "Going Rogue" makes great kindling for a fire.
- David Hasselhoff was drunk on last night’s "America’s Got Talent."
- He’s a "professional" mountain bike racer.
- The Saturday "World Championships" finishes on Victoria Avenue, west of Washington Street in Riverside.
An exclamation point is used at the end of a sentence or after an interjection to show strong emotion or emphasis.
- Exclamatory sentence: Mark crashed again!
- Strong command: Cover that break or else!
- Interjection: F-word!
Beware of overusing exclamation points. Using them too frequently makes them less meaningful. Don't use an exclamation mark unless you're certain it's necessary and never use two or three of them in a row:
- The singletrack was awesome!!!
- Don’t be ignorant!!!
Capital letters should be used according to these rules.
Use a capital letter for the personal pronoun 'I':
- Why can’t I drink beer inside Barnes & Noble
Use a capital letter to begin a sentence or to begin speech:
- The man did two cyclocross races in one day. Then he threw up.
Use capital letters for many abbreviations and acronyms:
- P.Y.T. or PYT (Pretty Young Thing)
- T.S.O.L. or TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty)
Use a capital letter for days of the week, months of the year and holidays:
- Monday, Tuesday
- January, February
- Christmas, Beverage Day
Use a capital letter for countries, languages, nationalities and religions:
- China, France
- Japanese, Spanglish
- Christianity, Buddhism
Use a capital letter for people's names and titles:
- William Shakespeare, Chad Ochocinco
- Captain Kirk, Dr Kevorkian
Use a capital letter for trade-marks and names of companies and other organizations:
- Stone Brewery Co.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
Use a capital letter for places and monuments:
- London, Paris, Colton
- the White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Jerky Hut
- St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Loch Leven
- Oxford Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Mentone Boulevard
- Asia, the Middle East, the Inland Empire
Use a capital letter for names of vehicles like ships, trains, bicycles and spacecraft:
- the Titanic, the Starship Enterprise, the A-Team Van
- Challenger 2, Sputnik, Madone, Mercedes, Yugo
Use capitals letters (sometimes!) for headings, titles of articles, books and newspaper headlines:
- HOW TO WIN A FIGHT AGAINST 20 CHILDREN
- Chapter 6: THE BONNIE SITUATION
- ROSSI REPEATS!
Bold words should be use to signify proper nouns, key points and significant messages. Do not over-use bold words unless the word is absolutely relevant.
- When it comes to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.
- Never a poster boy for sobriety, Shane MacGowan was kicked out of the Pogues several years ago for his erratic behavior.
- The next installment of Save the Written Word will concentrate on sentence structure and parts of speech.