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SPECTRE: why is the title of the new Bond film in capitals?

by: Anne O'Connell (27 October 2015)

Unless youíve been hiding under a rock or your broadband is down, youíve probably noticed that the latest James Bond film is released this week. Itís called SPECTRE. Not Spectre (itís not about ghosts, is it?), SPECTRE. Whatís with all the capital letters? STOP SHOUTING! Is a global marketing campaign not enough these days? No, the film makers arenít shouting at us: SPECTRE is an acronym of Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. Iím glad they spared us that long-winded title Ė it wouldnít have looked quite so swish on the side of a bus, would it?

But if itís an acronym, why isnít it S.P.E.C.T.R.E.? Well, that wouldnít be wrong exactly, just a little clunky and old-fashioned. An example of style difference, rather than a rule of punctuation. When to use a capital letter? When is an abbreviation or acronym so common that it no longer needs defining? Let us proofreaders sort that out for you, so your written work is as stylish as it can be. A bit like Bond.

Iím going to see the film tonight. If it turns out that it IS about ghosts, Iíll let you know. No spoilers, mind.



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Comments...

Ref: 217 We should just be grateful it's SPECTRE and not SPECTER...
Romany - 09:17 27-10-2015
Ref: 216 One thing is certain. No one is going to read the letters out as "S P E C T R E". Everyone is going to say "Spectre" - unlike, for example, the 1989 film (and forthcoming 2016 film) "The BFG".
Garry - 08:41 27-10-2015

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