Politically Speaking: Capital/Capitol for the Day
Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking
You write capitol, I write capital. Depends on the state, apparently. I suspect Iowa has it wrong, although as someone who is bailed out by copy editors, I'll not make a major point of it. But let's rehash the American Heritage Dictionary. Capitol — The building in which a legislature meets. Capital — The town or city that is the official seat of government in a political entity. In a release yesterday, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, who assumed the governorship in January, announced launching a new venture that will bring the state's heavyweights and resources out to various Iowa towns. In announcing the new Capitol for a Day pursuit, Culver said many Iowans traveled to Des Moines to visit the "beautiful state capitol" (spelling could be right, could be wrong, depending on what he meant) during the legislative session, and now "it is time to bring the state capitol to the people of Iowa." ... Unless Culver means that he's bringing the capitol building out on the Iowa stops, he should make it Capital for the Day. But let's not call the whole thing off, because the Capital for the Day is a fine idea.