[Ads-l] Capitalizing in the middle of a trade name

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Mon Aug 13 10:47:46 EDT 2018


I wonder if a better description (rather than stating that the middle of a trade name is capitalized) is to say that the space between two words has been omitted in this sort of trade name.  The capital would then be explained by the fact that the single word was once (or similar items were once) a compound with all members capitalized as are titles.


best to all,

Margaret


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MARGARET E WINTERS
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Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

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What about the 1927 Buick LaSalle?

On Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 10:32 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> This practice has been pretty common for years (so common, I can't think of
> an example), but I was shocked (anglice, mildly surprised) to find this ex.
> from 1955. (I've been familiar with the product almost as long, but never
> thought the one-word name was capitalized in the middle).
>
> 1955 _Newsweek_ [Google Books]: The tanks have also checked out countless
> ideas for seaplanes, notably the Martin SeaMaster, the 600-mile-an-hour
> multijet bomber which the Navy has just partially revealed as a
> revolutionary contender to land-based jets.
>
> Like the spelling ,the SeaMaster was one of the most futuristic-looking
> items of the '50s.
>
> JL
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