How to Render Titles When Italics Aren’t Possible

Liz wrote the other day with an interesting question:

"When writing a Facebook wall post, it isn't possible (as far as I know) to italicize or underline anything. So how does one properly punctuate titles of works of art/literature? Quotes can work fine for a single item, but the difficulty arises when citing major and minor works within the same sentence."

This example illustrates Liz's question:

He quoted from the chapter "Don't Keep Score" in Keith Ferrazzi's Never Eat Alone.

If Liz follows the style of putting large works in italics, with their smaller parts in quotation marks, how would she render the book title without the use of italics or underlining?

She would render it in full caps, like this:

He quoted from the chapter "Don't Keep Score" in Keith Ferrazzi's NEVER EAT ALONE.

The Gregg Reference Manual recommends this approach, and I like it.

Thanks for asking, Liz.

Lynn
Syntax Training

7 COMMENTS

  1. I like it and will adopt it post-haste. And let this be a lesson to my web-addicted self: Don’t forget to check the actual books once in a while!

  2. Alternatives to CAPS… they just feel like shouting.

    He quoted from the chapter “Don’t Keep Score” in Keith Ferrazzi’s /Never Eat Alone/.

    He quoted from the chapter “Don’t Keep Score” in Keith Ferrazzi’s _Never Eat Alone_.

  3. Hi, Zadoc. Thank you for the suggestions. I have never seen them put into practice. Have you?

    I wonder whether anyone else uses those approaches. That is because I want to recommend ways of communicating that are standard and effective in business writing rather than novel.

    Lynn

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