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    Restaurant names in italics?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by lameri, Mar 30, 2011.

    I've found controversial online info on the subject.

    We had dinner at Figaro

    or

    We had dinner at Figaro

    Thanks.
     
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    I don't believe restaurant names are in italics. That's usually reserved for names of works and names of boats. There are other reasons to italicize, but the name of a restaurant is just in roman typeface.

    What I'd like to know is if there's a list of foreign words that have been adopted into English (such as fiance and resume) that you therefore don't need to italicize anymore.
     
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    No. Example 'A' is correct.
     
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    yes, it is...
     
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    Why wouldn't you use italics? Normally when I write, I use italics to show that it isn't a person, but a place idk, I'm an inexperienced writer. They are probably right.
     
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    But if the name of the restaurant is some made-up word or foreign word, shouldn't it be in italics?
     
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    deleted the dupe
     
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    no... foreign words in the text are italicized, but that doesn't extend to names of either people or places...

    Le Coq d'Or wouldn't be italicized any more than McDonald's would be...
     
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    Mind me asking which Figaro? 'Cause we actually had dinner at Figaro last week.
     
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    It never really bothered me.

    I only use italics for like Onomonopias(spelling?).
     
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    It might not be correct, but italics are pretty. :)
     
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    not when overused, or in large blocks of text that leave one with eyestrain and a headache, from having to read it!
     
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    So, along the same lines: brand names or names of historic sites, even if they are foreign names, shouldn't be italicized, correct?
    Thanks!
     
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    you got it!
     
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    I've never actually noticed this in any literary works. When using the name of a person or place, you simply capitalize the first letter of the word.
     

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