The Internet Broke Proper Title Capitalization, & No One Cares

It’s true. The internet has broken proper title capitalization. Well, I guess people publishing articles on the internet broke it, but the fact of the matter is that we’re so used to internet capitalization that publishing a blog article and capitalizing the title correctly can be a struggle (ok, that might be overdramatizing).

It should be simple: capitalize the first word, last word, and any other words that aren’t articles, prepositions, or coordinating conjunctions (Rules for Capitalization in Titles of Articles); however, it has become common for blog articles to capitalize every single word.

This is something I struggle with (back and forth). Sometimes, I follow traditional capitalization rules, and sometimes, I capitalize everything. I know it’s wrong, but when there’s one short word in a long title, it can simply look wrong even though it’s technically right.


I know it doesn’t really matter. It’s not like other rules that affect understanding: capitalizing all the words of the title isn’t going to confuse anyone. It’s a writing convention. That’s all. No one out there is judging me because I capitalized a preposition. Yet every time I do, the little grammar nazi in the back of my head folds her arms and tsks.

Oh, well. She’ll just have to get over it.

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