Do we capitalize the seasons and semester?

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SwollenMonkey
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Do we capitalize the seasons and semester?

Postby SwollenMonkey » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:04 pm

I say no, but I could be wrong.

I think correct way to write out seasons and semester is like this:

I graduated during the fall semester of 2003.

I have seen people write it like this:

I graduated during the Fall Semester of 2003.

Am I right or wrong?

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Rand M.
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Re: Do we capitalize the seasons and semester?

Postby Rand M. » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:08 pm

SwollenMonkey wrote:I say no, but I could be wrong.

I think correct way to write out seasons and semester is like this:

I graduated during the fall semester of 2003.

I have seen people write it like this:

I graduated during the Fall Semester of 2003.

Am I right or wrong?


Fall Semester seems redundant. I always just say Fall 2003 or Fall of 2003. The semester part should be able to be assumed.

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Re: Do we capitalize the seasons and semester?

Postby lawschooliseasy » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:10 pm

You do not generally capitalize the name of seasons. The exception is when you are using a season as a proper noun, such as "the Winter of my Discontent."

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Re: Do we capitalize the seasons and semester?

Postby SwollenMonkey » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:15 pm

Rand M. wrote:
SwollenMonkey wrote:I say no, but I could be wrong.

I think correct way to write out seasons and semester is like this:

I graduated during the fall semester of 2003.

I have seen people write it like this:

I graduated during the Fall Semester of 2003.

Am I right or wrong?


Fall Semester seems redundant. I always just say Fall 2003 or Fall of 2003. The semester part should be able to be assumed.


Would you say Fall 2003 or Fall of 2003 on something an admissions officer might read?

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Re: Do we capitalize the seasons and semester?

Postby lostjake » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:54 am

lawschooliseasy wrote:You do not generally capitalize the name of seasons. The exception is when you are using a season as a proper noun, such as "the Winter of my Discontent."



Also in resumes you should capitalize seasons.

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Re: Do we capitalize the seasons and semester?

Postby ggocat » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:26 am

According to Chicago Manual of Style Rule 8.94, "The four seasons are lowercased (except when used to denote an issue of a journal . . .) ."




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