Using Italics

What is the purpose of italics?

Italics are used primarily to denote titles and names of particular works or objects in order to allow that title or name to stand out from the surrounding sentence. Italics may also be used for emphasis in writing, but only rarely. Overuse of this option dilutes the effectiveness of the font and can distract the reader.

Italicized type is used:

  • To specify titles of certain creative  works Such works are: books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets/booklets, plays, long poems, movies, TV shows, radio shows, musical compositions, choreographic works, works of visual art, comic strips, and software programs. Make sure you italicize the entire title— if there is a question mark in the title itself, then italicize it.
  • To specify certain vehicles Such as ships, aircraft, spacecrafts, and trains.
  • To specify foreign words within  English text
  • To specify scientific names of  plants and animals
  • To specify words, letters, and  numbers used as themselves To achieve the same effect, one may also place these in quotation marks.
Examples:
  1. The Titanic sank in 1912.
  2. The Titanic sank in 1912.

 

  1. My daughter’s favorite book is Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
  2. My daughter’s favorite book is Where Have All the Flowers Gone? 

 

  1. “Do all coins say e pluribus unum?” she asked.
  2. "Do all coins say e pluribus unum?” she asked. 

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