1. SolZephyr

    SolZephyr Member Supporter

    Jun 4, 2018
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    Capitalizing "Hell" equivalents

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by SolZephyr, Jun 22, 2018.

    In my WIP, the colloquial equivalent of "what the hell" would be "what the Depths," referring to a specific location: the Muddy Depths.

    I know that if I were to refer to the Muddy Depths explicitly I should capitalize them. I also know to capitalize, for example, the States when referring to the United States .

    What I'm not sure is if I need to capitalize the shorthand of just "Depths" or not. I'm inclined to think that I should, but I feel it makes the expression stand out too much when it's capitalized.

  2. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

    Sep 6, 2014
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    Yeah, if it's a reference to the name of a specific place, it's a proper noun, and those get capitals even if they're short forms.

    (Some style guides allow Hell to not be capitalized in a "what the hell?" context because it's not clearly referencing an actual place and instead is just a sort of general obscenity. So.. "What the hell? We're in Hell?" might actually be grammatically correct.)
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