It is almost Independence Day in the United States, and the temperature is heating up in Chicago. Unfortunately, the humidity level is rising as well, condemning me to countless days of unreliable, frizzy hair and a perpetual state of sticky malaise.
But, what about the words associated with the season?
The word, “summer,” much like all of the seasonal names should not be capitalized unless the season is being personified, such as in poetry or a particularly lively piece of writing.
And Summer, with her sun beating down mercilessly and omnipresent mosquitoes...
The word, “sunbathe,” should be one word, not split into two. This also goes for the verb forms of sunbathed and sunbathing.
When referring to the sun, keep it lowercase. The word is not a proper noun like other heavenly bodies, such as Venus or Saturn. The only time it should be capitalized is when referred to in its Greek (Helios) or Latin (Sol) name, but who really does that nowadays?
As you can see, “summertime” is one word.
This refers to America’s states in the South and West, from Florida and Georgia through the Gulf states and on into California. This geographical reference should be capitalized.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1969. Print.
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. Norm Goldstein, ed. Cambridge: Perseus, 2000. Print.