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ISSN:1544-8312Winter 2017
Judy Vorfeld, PublisherIssue 99

Judy's Corner

It's been a while since we've gotten together. It will be interesting to see what 2017 holds for us.

Social media continues to grow, giving all sides of issues opportunities to express thoughts and feelings. What a difference it makes in shaping opinion! I especially enjoy Facebook, where I can connect with people and family all over the world. In fact, some never-met people are like family to me. Sharing birthdays and other special occasions. Encouraging. Chuckling.

And watching nonprofits and non-governmental organizations find ways to communicate the needs of those hit by natural tragedies (like hurricanes and typhoons) and those who are struggling to rise above poverty . . . this is truly life changing. Today, if we're careful, we can give and make a difference, instead of give and often be exploited.

As communication methods continue to grow, so does the need for us to use them in the best possible ways: for personal use and business use. If I know you, you will make your words sing.

Grammar Tip - Capitalizing words in titles/headings

  • Articles: a, an, the.
  • Short Conjunctions: and, or, nor, for, but, so, yet.
  • Short Prepositions: prepositions like at, by, for, in, of, off, on, out, to, up.
  1. Always capitalize the first and last words in titles and subtitles and all other major words.
  2. Capitalize the first word following a dash or colon in a title.
  3. When a heading flows to the next line, do not capitalize the first word of that second line unless it would have been capitalized anyway.
  4. Avoid starting a heading with a symbol or number. Spell it out or recast the heading.
  • Many common prepositions function as adjectives, adverbs, or nouns. When they do: capitalize them.
  • Capitalize prepositions when they are stressed, e.g., A River Runs Through It. Capitalize prepositions that are used as conjunctions, e.g., Look Before You Leap.
  • Lowercase "at" and "to" in any grammatical function, for simplicity's sake.
Some style guides, like APA, have a four- and five-letter rule: capitalize all prepositions of four or five letters or longer.


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