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Disturbing New Punctuation Changes in English!

May 29, 2011

Chicago Tribune No Longer Captializing Important Words in Titles

Those of us who are teachers have spent many years teaching kids to capitalize important words in titles.  Now it all seems to be changing.

The Herald Sun (Australian Newspaper) No Longer Capitalizing Important Words in Titles

Over the past year, I’ve begun to see many titles  like this (with no capitalization of important words)–it’s driving me crazy!   Here are some examples:

Richard Branson prepares to take Virgin banking to the high street

In tech’s golden age, why the black box?

Air France crash investigators will be able to ID bodies

War-weary lawmakers push Obama to end Afghan war

Toronto Star No Longer Capitalizing Important Words in Titles

Has anyone else noticed this???   It looks like a trend to capitalizing only the first word, and any proper nouns.  The trend is by no means universal yet.  I’ve  noticed that some large newspapers (such as the Chicago Tribune) have gone exclusively to this style, whereas the New York Times (so far) has stayed in the traditional style.

The New York Times Continues to Capitalize Important Words in Titles

It looks like British papers such as The Guardian (top headline above)–have already gone to the new style.

The Guardian (British Newspaper) No Longer Capitalizing Important Words in Titles

I don’t know where this trend started,  if American papers are following the British lead, or vice-versa.   It seems to be happening throughout the native English-speaking world.  It’s even moving into blogs now.

These changes just don’t look right to me.   Does anyone else feel this way?  The only possible reason I can think of for this change is that editors feel it “saves time” by being faster to type.  (I hope the real reason is not  that younger journalists never learned these rules!  But somehow, I don’t think that’s the reason.)

Does this trend bother anyone else as much as it bothers me?  Does anyone happen to know when, where, or why this started?

–Lynne Diligent