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Why are the seasons of the year (winter, spring, summer, autumn) not capitalized?
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It's true that things change. Many people remember (or think they do, as you say with your "almost certain") being taught to capitalize the seasons. I didn't look for historical style guides to see if there was a time 30, 60, or 100 years ago that recommended capitalizing, but certainly you don't do it now.

Here's a quick link to the Online Writing Lab at Purdue: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/592/01 /
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AnonymousWhy are the seasons of the year (winter, spring, summer, autumn) not capitalized?
Capitalisation tips

  • If a title comes BEFORE a name, capitalise it. (Mayor Joe Smith was on television.)
  • If a title comes AFTER a name, don't capitalise it. (Joe Smith, mayor, was on television.)
  • All national titles are capitalised no matter when/how used. (George W. Bush, President.)
  • Capitalise family relationships when used as a name (Mother) but not as a description (my mother).
  • Capitalise geographic locations (the South) but not directions (south of the border).
  • Capitalise months, days, holidays (June, Monday, Christmas) but not seasons (summer, winter


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I am confused. I am almost certain that I was taught in school that the seasons were always to be capitalized. However, I am now finding that it is not the case. When did this change? I have asked others my age who say the same thing. It seems the rules of grammar are changing and the commentary I find makes it sound like it has always been that way. Was I taught incorrectly or has it changed?
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