A Conversation for English Usage in the Edited Guide
SchrEck Inc. Started conversation Aug 29, 2005
From what I gather from the EF conversation at F47997?thread=873672, compass points (north, south, north-east etc.) should not be capitalised in the Edited Guide. Is this sort of an official policy? If yes, it should be mentioned here...
Mort - a middle aged Girl Interrupted Posted Aug 29, 2005
This has come up on the yahoo group before.
And I wish I could remember! There are situations where each/one not the other is correct.
Might be better asking on the subs group as someone might remember what the general consensus was
A note on this page would be very useful - it is where I always come when I can't remember things!
Smij - Formerly Jimster Posted Aug 30, 2005
As I understand it, if you're pointing a direction, it should be lower case: 'The marketplace is to the north of the clock tower'. However, if you're describing a region, it should be capitalised: 'He had travelled from the North to get there.'
Now someone else will contradict me
SchrEck Inc. Posted Aug 30, 2005
sounds as if this could possibly be correct. Is it going to be an editorial policy?
Smij - Formerly Jimster Posted Aug 31, 2005
SchrEck Inc. Posted Aug 31, 2005
Oh, then it hadn't got my attention. I have always been unsure what to do with compass points (very few things in English are obvious for me, I'm not a native speaker), but got around the issue simply by doing the capitalisation consistent through the entry I was subbing. Now the thing it's clear - no need to add it to the Style Guide.
KB Posted Nov 11, 2005
On a similar point, should it be north west and north westerly, or north-west and north-westerly? The second 'seems' right to me.
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