Which words in a title (of a book, article, essay, movie, song) should be capitalized?
For an answer, let's turn to the "World's Most Authoritative Newspaper" (and the owner of About.com). Take a good look at three headlines from the front page of a recent issue of The New York Times:
- Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans
- INQUIRY ASSAILS ACCOUNT FIRM IN LENDER'S FALL
- Equity Loans As Next Round In Credit Crisis
The first headline employs a common form of title case, capitalizing "all nouns, pronouns and verbs, and all other words of four or more letters"--just as the convention is described in The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage (Random House, 1999).
However, the second headline employs all capital letters (or majuscules, if you like technical terms). And the third uses a version of title case with the initial letter of every word capitalized, even though the Times Manual insists that as and in should be in lowercase.
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