When editing prose, I spend quite a bit of time eliminating random initial caps. I’ve heard this gratuitous capitalisation referred to as the ‘Manhattan skyline’.

Once you are referring to your organisation in one word (the company, the committee, the university) you can drop that initial cap (e.g. the Association) and Then your Writing will no Longer look Like The Manhattan skyline.

Institutional pride and corporate branding efforts can sometimes explain the pattern but, if at all possible, I recommend you resist.


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