130 Italics (English)

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Understanding Italics

Italics are used to signify an idea or a thought unspoken, such as narration; for example, then I thought to myself that’s a great idea! In the preceding sentence that’s a great idea is a thought unspoken, hence no quotes. (See Quotes)
Italics are used when writing a word as a word, such as the word words; for example, the word italics is being defined. In the preceding sentence, italics is being used as the word itself, and not to signify the change in font style of applying italics to a word.
Italics are used when writing a letter as a letter, such as the letter A; for example, the letter A is capitalized in this sentence. In the preceding sentence, the letter a is self-referencing that it is treated with capitalization (See: Capitalization), so it is also treated with italics.
Some people use italics to treat headlines, such as newspaper headlines. Headline capitalization (See Headline Caps) is preferred for headlines and should be included with other treatments when writing headlines.
Italics are used when stressing a term; for example, scroll down to see the definition of nexpress.
Italics are used for coining a new expression; for example, a nexpress is my word for a new expression.
Italics are used for treating titles in a sentence, especially references to book titles; for example, I just finished reading Cinderella.
Italics may be used interchangeably with single quotes, depending on the publishing medium. For example, I put the title in single quotes because the comments didn’t let me use italics.

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