Jeb Bush moves into the Fla. state capitol building

When did that happen? When did the former governor of Florida move into the state’s capitol building? Maybe the folks at Yahoo! News, who broke the story, can tell us:

capitol news

It’s more likely they can tell us how they can confuse capitol (which is a building and only a building) with capital (which is a city that is the seat of government).

Will the Senate be in session?

When Prince William visits the U.S. next month, he’ll spend time in New York City and the U.S. capital, which is Washington, D.C. The U.S. Capitol, which the writer for Yahoo! Style thinks is the city, is actually a building:

capitol style

The word capitol, with an O, is a building where state legislatures meet; with a capital C, it’s where the U.S. Congress meets. If you mean anything else, then use the word with two A’s: capital.

Let’s hope the ceilings are high

Any capitol would need high ceilings to accommodate a little NBA action.

capitol sports

The nation’s capitol is the United States Capitol. It’s a building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., which is the nation’s capital.  The capital is far more likely to be the site of an NBA game, and not the building that’s alleged on Yahoo! Sports.

A shoo-in for Worst Travel Writing of the Day

What makes this article on Yahoo! Travel a candidate for Worst Travel Writing of the Day? It could be this paragraph, which starts out with a non-sentence and then gets a tad repetitive:

shoe in travel 1

OK, so that was ugly. Maybe it was just a fluke. What could possibly be wrong with this?

shoe in travel 2

Well, in the first place, the Capital Wheel is not in Washington.  It’s in Maryland. That’s kinda a giant embarrassment. A lesser mistake is referring to the U.S. Capital (the capital of the U.S. is Washington, DC) when the writer meant the building, which is the Capitol.

Finally, the error that made this article a shoo-in for the Worst Travel Writing of the Day trophy:

shoe in travel 3

A capital idea!

Honey Boo Boo has been somewhere with her family and I believe it was Washington D.C. If she was in the capital of the U.S., then the folks at Yahoo! TV picked the wrong homophone:

capitol booboo tv

If they meant she was in the Capitol building, then they picked the right word, but should have capitalized (no pun intended) it.

If you’re writing about the building where a legislature meets, the word you want is capitol. If you’re writing about money, the top of a column or pillar, an asset, a city or town, or anything other than a building, it’s capital.

This calls for capital punishment

Someone could use a little civics lesson over at the Yahoo! front page:

fp capital hill

The U. S. Congress is often referred to as Capitol Hill, which is the location of the U.S. Capitol (the building housing Congress) in the U.S. capital (which is Washington).

Didn’t anyone notice this?

Didn’t anyone with knowledge of the English language or American government notice this video’s title on Yahoo! News‘ “The Lookout”?

news capital hill

Nope. Apparently no one at Yahoo! knows that the building is the Capitol; it’s located on Capitol Hill in the nation’s capital.

Rockin’ the Capitol

Did the Capitol sustain damaged during the president’s inauguration? According to Yahoo! Shine, lots of people and their attire rocked the building:

capitol shine

Unless the writer meant that they rocked Washington. That would be the capital. A capitol is a building.

What do you mean by that?

The writer for Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket” leaves readers confused with a capital error:

If you mean the building where the U.S. Congress meets, then it’s the Capitol. If you mean Washington, DC, then it’s the nation’s capital.

Capital punishment is called for

There is no punishment harsh enough for the professional writer who created this embarrassment on the Yahoo! front page:

A capitol is a building or building complex where a legislative body meets. That’s its only meaning. (If you’re referring to the building holding the U.S. Congress, then it’s the Capitol and it’s on Capitol Hill.) For all other meanings, including the city that is the seat of a government, it’s capital. There are capital letters, capital equipment, capital gains, and capital punishment.

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