Capitalizing Titles of People and Groups
Katie Williams writes:
I would like to see a post about capitalization, such as when is it proper to capitalize people’s titles, and when would you capitalize the name of a group (i.e. Board of Directors) – is “Board” always capitalized when you are referring to the group?
A person’s title is capitalized when it precedes the name and is therefore seen as part of the name:
Once the title occurs, further references to the person holding the title appear in lowercase:
The name of a group is capitalized when it is the full name:
the Department of Comparative Literature
the Board of Directors of Acme Industries
Further references will be written in lowercase:
Promotional materials frequently capitalize words like University and Board every time they occur.
Generally speaking, the use of capitals should be minimized as much as possible. In the absence of a company style guide, the best practice is to choose a style guide for yourself. I refer to several, including the AP Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style.
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