What do an ark and voodoo have in common?

They’re both on the Yahoo! front page! And they both get the proper noun treatment:

even though they’re common nouns:

That means it’s wrong to capitalize them.


4 Responses to “What do an ark and voodoo have in common?”

  1. Wyrd Smythe Says:

    Isn’t Ark a proper noun when speaking of the Ark of the Covenant? I’m assuming that’s what they’re speaking about, as there aren’t a lot of other arks I can think of.

    • Laura Says:

      According to the American Heritage Dictionary, “ark” is often capitalized when referring to the Ark of the Covenant. Often, but not always. In this case, though, the word refers to the boat that Noah allegedly crashed on Mount Ararat. And according to the same dictionary (which is the one you’ll find on Yahoo), it’s lowercase as a standalone word and lowercase in “Noah’s ark.” But it was generous of you to think that the writer might be correct.

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