capitals vs capitols
wikipedia tour: world capitals. shouldn't capitals be spelled with an o? world capitols
You are correct as far as I know: capitol= country capitol, such as America's Washington DC; capital = wealth/ capital letters/ tops of pillars are capitals too, with three different shapes-- Doric, Corinthian, and Ionic.
Dec 3, 2009 12:41 pm
Actually, capitol refers to a building where a legislative body meets, as in the U.S. Capitol Building. Capital refers to what penwiper listed, but also to the seat of government, as in a state or country capital. So the capital of the U.S. is Washington, DC; and the Capitol is located there, too!
English, while my first (and basically only) language, does make my head hurt sometimes! =)
Dec 3, 2009 12:52 pm
1. Capital as a noun has several meanings: a city that is the seat of the government for the state, an upper case letter, money or property owned by a business, or the top part of a column.
As an adjective, capital means principal or chief as in "a capital idea." Capital also can mean "punishable by death," as in capital punishment.
2. Capitol is capitalized if the word is referring to the building in which the U.S. Congress meets. When uncapitalized, the word usually refers to the main government building of a state. Write in the correct form of the word in parentheses in the questions below and then click "submit" to send your answers.
Dec 4, 2009 2:34 am
ah, thanks for the clarification. i do indeed find that the "a" spelling for seat of government is correct. i wonder why that caught my eye and confused me. it never did before. perhaps age and information overload are getting the better of me. thanks again and to the folks of dailylit thanks for a wonderful site.
Dec 4, 2009 11:38 am