1. Quanta

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    Color names

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Quanta, Mar 13, 2018.

    Do color names, such as titanium white, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, etc. need to be written with capitals?
     
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    Don't think so. They're not proper nouns. I've never come across them capitalized, anyway, and wikipedia (that bastion of knowledge) doesn't do it.
     
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    Nope, a color is a color. You don't capitalize poppy red do you?
    They are not proper nouns, therefore you don't need to capitalize them. :)
     
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    Nope, a color is a color. You don't capitalize poppy red do you?
    They are not proper nouns, therefore you don't need to capitalize them. :)
     
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    That's what I thought, and I hadn't capitalized them, but one of my betas thought I should.
    That much less editing to do, then. Thank you.:)
     
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    I would only capitalize it if it's a specific brand, ie: Bob Ross's Titanium White.
     
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    I think a simple "Find and Replace" would resolve the issue if you needed to capitalise those terms :) not saying you do, but in case the function might be useful to you in the future!
     
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    But then, I would have to remember all of the colors my MC uses... but they're all colors I also use, so that should have been easy enough.
    "Find & Replace" is very useful when I realize that I've used the same vague word 26 times in my manuscript!
     
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