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The “Capitol” is in the “Capital”

I’m heading to Washington DC next month. It will be the first time I set foot there in 31 years, when Jimmy Carter was president.

Obviously, plenty has changed since then, but one thing that hasn’t is the use of capitol and capital.

The capital is the city where a government is located. That’s not the word I see misused. People don’t  always seem to realize that the capitol is the actual building. In our country’s case,  it’s the building where the legislative branch meets.

Remember, it’s at Capitol Hill, not Capital Hill.

Until next time! Use the right words!


November 15, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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