Lately I’ve been addressing precision in language with some specific examples, like two weeks ago when I demonstrated the difference between canvas and canvass. That extra letter s makes a big difference! Then last week I highlighted the distinctions between personal and personnel. This week I continue on that same path by looking at two other related but different words: capital and capitol.
Capital often refers to financial assets but can also reference the city where state or national government sits. However, capitol references the specific building in which a legislature meets. In this respect, capitol always appears capitalized when referring to the building in Washington, D.C., where the United States Congress meets. Otherwise, capitol is usually not capitalized, especially when referring to a state legislative building.
So remember to put the capitol building in the capital city. Precision of language can provide that extra level of professionalism which will reflect back on you and your brand in the minds of your audience. So give proper attention to precision in your language when you write. That will in turn yield a more effective presentation of both you and your brands.