Capital vs. Capitol

Greetings, delightful lovers of knowledge!

Have you ever been to Washington, DC? Cherry blossoms, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House (if only President Fitzgerald Grant, or the wonderful Mellie Grant were in that Oval Office right now!) Our nation’s CAPITAL is also home to the CAPITOL building. Fascinating, isn’t it?

So here you go, my little darlings:

When do I use “Capital”?

Capital refers to:

1. The capital city of a state or a country (also known as the official seat for their government).

2. It also means uppercase (i.e. The first letter of a sentence, proper nouns, the pronoun “I”, days of the week, days of the month, names of countries, etc…);

3. Funds, wealth, money (i.e. raising capital to start a business);

4. Punishable by death: (i.e. “The defendant committed a capital offense and now faces the death penalty“)

When do I use “Capitol”?

The capitol is the building where legislators meet to enact laws and vote on them. Capitol Hill in DC, capitol buildings in your state’s capital (or your country’s capital).

So there you have it! It’s as simple as spelling DC.

Have a lovely rest of the day, my lovely lads and lasses!

Much love,

The Fairy Godwriter

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