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Wednesday, August 10, 2011


What a difference a single letter makes.  According to Merriam-Webster, a capitol is a building where a state legislative body meets.  But if you capitalize the word, it becomes the building where the U.S. Congress meets.  Then change the "o" to an "a" and it's not a building any longer but a lot of other things:
  • the crown at the top of a column,
  • a stock of accumulated goods,
  • an "upper-case" letter (used above as in "to capitalize",
  • and, just to keep it interesting, a city serving as a seat of government; where, incidentally, you are likely to find a building called the capitol.  Or the Capitol.
Got it?  Aren't you glad you learned English as a primary language?


  1. This makes me smile. I go to school in CT's capitol, at a college called Capital. Yes, with an 'a.' :) And I am glad I'm not an ESL student. Not an easy language to master.

  2. Oops. CT's capitAl. :) Near the State Capitol Bldg. Whew!