Is it orthographically ok to capitalize first letters of important phrases?

Say I am writing an article on something like the Riemann integral or morphogenesis. I have two questions regarding capitalization. Is it allowed to capitalize the first letter of a composite name of importance. E.g. "The importance of the Lebesgue Integral cannot be overstated." I feel like the ‘integral’ is as much part of the … Read more

Is it possible to start a sentence with “worse than”?

In English, is it possible a sentence like this? Worse than those who do something are those who do something else. I think this would be the standard sentence: Those who do something else are worse than those who do something. But I was wondering if such syntax is possible to emphasize what it’s worse … Read more

“significantly so” grammar construction

I have encountered some occurrences of phrases of the type: the correlation between variables is strong, and significantly so… and was asked to explain what the part after the comma meant. Although I know the meaning, I couldn’t give a precise answer despite searching for a formal description. Could someone please explain what the construction … Read more

Does repetition in the following sequence of words display symbolism, emphasis, or both?

The sequence is “How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck would?” I am wondering if repetition, particularly of the word “wood”, would display symbolism or any other kind of literary device. Answer References: Does repetition in the following sequence of words display symbolism, emphasis, … Read more

What form of emphasis was used before printing?

Nowadays we use bold, italics <u>underline</u>(but not on SE) and even monospacing to emphasise words. However, before the invention of typewriters what emphasis could they use other than underlining? If you’ve ever tried to embolden text on paper you will know that it is very tricky and ends up with a big blob of ink … Read more

How do I show that a singular word is louder than any other in a sentence when writing it?

I know that when a word is capitalized it expresses yelling. What about text showing someone is talking and emphasizing a particular word, but he clearly isn’t yelling the word out? How is a “non-yelling” emphasis shown in text? Answer From: I didn’t take the test yesterday. (Somebody else did.) I didn’t take the … Read more

How to say that something happened in the past while emphasizing that it is not finished yet?

Let’s say that we are in a 2-round tech-competition for which we have already entered the selected list of the first round and waiting to see the results for the 2nd round. Here I want to put the emphasis on the fact that our work was good enough to have the above result. I want … Read more

“I don’t recommend …” vs “I recommend we don’t …”

[This question comes from a sentence I read in a book. Anathem, if you must know.] I’m a native English speaker (California style) and I understand what the semantic difference between “I don’t recommend we [do something]” vs. “I recommend we don’t [do the same thing]”. But I’m sort of vague on what the impact … Read more