Give the Gift of Proper Grammar

Looking for the proper way to write “regifting?” Wondering if “Christmastime” is one word or two? AP to the rescue! Earlier this week it put out a special Holiday Style Guide informing media—and those of us pitching media—how to talk about the holidays (always lowercase, by the way). Here are just a few words/phrases from the list.


Capitalize sparkling wine from the French region uncorked to celebrate New Year’s.


One word.


Lowercase the biblical praise to God, but capitalize in composition titles: Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus.

Kriss Kringle

Not Kris. Derived from the German word, Christkindl, or baby Jesus.

Nativity scene

Only the first word is capitalized.


Passing along an unwanted present to someone else.

(My personal favorite.)

December 9, 2011 · Posted by in pr  


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