Posted by: Jack Henry | August 28, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Seasons, Months, Days, and Other Units of Time

Hello friends and associates! Today we have a few more mini-lessons about capital letters. Before I get to those, though, I must tell you about one of the cruelest acronyms I’ve ever run across. Yesterday, during the wee hours of the morning, I drove my mom to the hospital for knee replacement surgery. As we wandered around looking for the correct building, Mom told me that we were supposed to show up at the “spa.” The “hostess” found us and led us on our way. I thought, “Gee, a hostess taking Mom to the spa? That doesn’t sound half bad.” As we approached the spa, the truth was revealed: the spa was actually the Surgical Procedure Area. The relaxation would come after visiting with more types of nurses than you ever knew existed and getting anesthesia in the spine. Nice “spa.”

Now, on to capitalizing different measurements of time:

· Seasons: The names of the seasons are lowercase unless they are part of a proper name or title.


o 2013 Autumn Semester

o 2014 Winter Olympics

· Months: The names of months are capitalized.


o Few people look forward to San Diego’s May gray or June gloom.

o April showers bring May flowers.

· Days: The days of the week are capitalized.


o Taco Tuesdays are very popular fund raising events.

o You can see her Wednesday or Friday afternoons at the Fan-Tan Follies.

· Hours: There are several different ways to abbreviate ante meridiem and post meridiem. The least confusing seems to be the British method, which is with lowercase letters separated by periods. This is the method we use in editing, too, unless we are writing about something in the system where small caps or no punctuation is used.


o 10:00 a.m.

o 4:30 p.m.

Use the en-dash to indicate a range of time, such as 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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