capital vs capitol : Common Errors in English

About capital vs capitol

A “capitol” is almost always a building. Cities which serve as seats of government are capitals spelled with an A in the last syllable, as are most other uses of the word as a common noun. The only exceptions are place names alluding to capitol buildings in some way or other, like “Capitol Hill” in DC, Denver, or Seattle (the latter named either after the hill in Denver or in hopes of attracting the Washington State capitol building). Would it help to remember that Congress with an O meets in the Capitol with another O?

capital Meaning(s)

  • (n) assets available for use in the production of further assets
  • (n) wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
  • (n) a seat of government
  • (n) one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis
  • (n) a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product
  • (n) the federal government of the United States
  • (n) a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
  • (n) the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
  • (s) first-rate
  • (s) of primary importance
  • (s) uppercase

capitol Meaning(s)

  • (n) a building occupied by a state legislature
  • (n) the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet

capital in News

  1. Capital Region Gives: Raising awareness is their goal

    Capital Region Gives: Raising awareness is their goal Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:22 pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Cohoes Middle School soccer tournament benefits Autism Society Bryanna, Danny and Martinelli share a fondness for soccer, so they decided to put together a 3-on-3 ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  2. Resinco® Capital Partners Inc. Announces Results of Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders

    Resinco® Capital Partners Inc. is pleased to announce that its shareholders voted in favour of all resolutions brought before them
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Babson Capital Backs One Rock Capital’s Acquisition of Summit Research

    Babson Capital Management LLC, a global investment management firm with more than $180 billion in assets under management and operations on four continents, today announced that it
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

capitol in News

  1. Capitol City Biker Bash features full slate of activities

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The second Capitol City Biker Bash is expected to bring more than 2,500 visitors each day to the area around Haddad Riverfront Park, where even non-motorcyclists can enjoy free entertainment tonight, Friday and Saturday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Charleston Daily Mail

  2. Capitol Theatre to go dark; Renovations to begin

    WHEELING, W.Va.— The Capitol Theater will turn 85 years old this fall, and what a better way to have a quiet celebration than a new look. Frank O'Brien, Wheeling Convention and Visitor's Bureau executive director, says that a $1 million face lift will take place inside the theater. "We are ripping out all of the seats and will install new ones. But, when we do that, we are going to lose about 10 ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WTOV 9 Steubenville

  3. Capitol Heights man shot and killed in Temple Hills

    A Capitol Heights man was shot multiple times and killed last week in Temple Hills. Prince George’s County Police Department patrol units found Andre Isaiah Elmore, 38, with multiple gunshots to his upper body around 11:30 p.m. June 4 in the 6500 block of Buckland Court, according to police reports.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Prince George's Sentinel

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