Italics Rules for Animal Sounds, Punctuation, and Emphasis

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Giving your grammar your best, you might want to italicize. Well, should you? When is this style of font fine and dandy, and when should you not slant your lines? Here are a few quick tips on how to properly use italics.

For Emphasis

If you have a turn of phrase that you want to make a point give it the italics’ treatment. You are able to draw attention in a subtle way. Highlight while sticking to the white background with the use of italics. Perfect for providing a piece of shocking or highly informative information in web content. Useful when you want to make sure your readers are on point.

Never Slanting Punctuation

What about question marks and quotations and commas? Well, here’s something interesting. Leave out the italics for punctuation. Those grammatical periods and points and slashes should always remain straight and sturdy. When you are writing something online that contains commas, such as this sentence, along with italics, you want to go back in there and straighten up those commas. Just do a little highlight-edit and correct the punctuation.

Sounds Like Onomatopoeia

Then you’ve got those words that are used in place of sounds. Called onomatopoeia, these are words including grrr for growling or woof for barking. In the case of words used as sounds, you have a couple of options. You can italicize woof or put quotation marks around “Woof” as if the animal is, in fact, making these sounds like a human’s “Said.” How you choose to grammatically corral your animal sounds is onomatopoeia-p to you.

Give Your Grammar More 

Want to find more grammar and wordsmithing excitement? Check out Malaphors and Metanoias or tree-adjoining grammar to continue with your lit adventure. We also have a ton of content writer tips and tools that will help you drive your writing career into the fast lane. If you need writing jobs, there are those, too. Get started now and see what you can do to improve your writing skills and career options.


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