Do I need to capitalize ancient before the names of countries?
No. Lowercase the word ancient when it precedes a country.
- ancient Greece
- ancient Rome
- ancient Egypt
Do I capitalize the Devil?
No. Lowercase it, but capitalize the name Satan.
- the devil
- the Trinity
- the Deity
- the Holy Ghost
Do I lowercase military medals and awards?
Actually, you need to capitalize them.
- Purple Heart
- Silver Star
- Medal of Honor
- Congressional Medal of Honor
When do I capitalize the word earth?
Only when it is used as a proper name, especially in context with other planets. Be sure to omit the when capitalizing it.
- Is the earth flat?
- Where on earth have you been?
- Does Mars, like Earth, have an atmosphere?
- The astronauts never returned to Earth.
Do I lowercase or capitalize political groups?
It depends. Names for adherents of political groups or movements other than recognized parties are usually lowercased.
- the Left
- the Right
- the Far Left
- the Far Right
- the radical Right
Clear as mud? If you have any questions about capitalization, let me know and I'll answer them.