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Posted by lil smirk | August 8, 2007 10:13 AM

Please tell me that this was your error and it was not printed thus in the CMS:

"For obvious reasons, a lowercased name should be begin a sentence."

Posted by Levislade | August 8, 2007 10:23 AM


FWIW, I happened to have my CMoS (15th Ed., 12th printing) down from the shelf already, so I checked. "For obvious reasons, a lowercased name should not begin a sentence."

Posted by evanland | August 8, 2007 10:33 AM

Phew! Thanks evanland.

That's frightfully vague for CMS, though; are they suggesting that no one should ever use bell hooks's name to start a sentence, or that if one does, one should capitalize the initial 'b'?

Posted by Levislade | August 8, 2007 11:02 AM

>UPDATE: Correction! For obvious reasons, a lowercased name should not be begin a sentence. Not.

it's not the "not" that's the problem, it's the "be begin" that makes us think you're hitting happy hour somewhat early.

Posted by still not right | August 8, 2007 11:46 AM

CMoS gives no further explanation. The way I read it, the problem is to be written around. “Author bell hooks...” or the like.

Posted by evanland | August 8, 2007 12:19 PM

E. E. Cummings should be spelled with capitals

I think you're overreaching here. The paragraph says that it can be spelled with capitals, but doesn't say that spelling it with lowercase is incorrect.

Posted by no one in particular | August 8, 2007 12:25 PM

The man's name was E. E. Cummings. That's what it said on his tax return. There is no reason to ever refer to Bell Hooks in print, so it doesn't matter.

Posted by Fnarf | August 8, 2007 1:00 PM

But you folk at the Stranger don't use the Chicago manual, do you? You probably follow that horrible abomination that is the AP style guide - the tome that would have us lowercase the "t" in "The", in examples when it's clearly part of a proper noun (i.e. band names).


Posted by Dougsf | August 8, 2007 1:40 PM





Posted by Levislade | August 8, 2007 2:00 PM

We do use Chicago (with bits of AP thrown in, mostly for dealing with numbers).

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | August 8, 2007 4:35 PM

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