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Is there a definitive answer to this capitalization conundrum?

Is there a definitive answer to this capitalization conundrum? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

 While trying to answer co-worker's question last week, I unearthed a contentious capitalization conundrum. (Try saying that 10 times fast.) And much like the wrangling over the serial comma, or for that matter, capitalization, this debate does not appear to have an easy answer. 

The question: do you capitalize a lowercase brand name if the brand name is used at the beginning of a sentence? Here are a couple examples:

eBay has a fabulous collection of vintage tube tops. iTunes must now compete with Amazon’s Prime Music.


The Chicago Manual of Style has this to say: “Brand names or names of companies that are spelled with a lowercase initial letter followed by a capital letter (eBay, iPod, iPhone, etc.) need not be capitalized at the beginning of a sentence or heading, though some editors may prefer to reword.” 

That wasn't always its rule, though....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 8, 2014 7:49 PM

When a brand's name begins with a lowercase letter, it can be the cause of some serious confusion. e.e. cummings would be amused at this vexing writer's challenge. Recommended reading. 9/10

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic) | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 2014 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.