Saturday, 19 December 2009

Capital or Capitol correct spelling

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Should you use the spelling "capital or "capitol"? Which spelling is correct?

Well, "capital" comes from the Latin "caput" and means a head. This gives us a capital letter at the start or head of a sentence and later the word was used as the head city of a country, usually its administrative center.

Our heads are the administrative centers of our bodies so the metaphor is obvious. In USA the main legislative building is referred to as the "Capitol" on Capitol Hill.

It is probably better to use "capital" in general usage and leave "capitol" for buildings but you will often find people using them interchangeably.

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