I just saw a video with the title:

Elon Musk Explains His Thoughts On Warren Buffet | Joe Rogan Podcast Highlights

And i'm wondering, why did the author use a first letter of each word as capital?

It could've been written as follows but somehow author preffered the first option:

Elon Musk explains his thoughts on Warren Buffet | Joe Rogan podcast highlights

Does the first option gain more attention or is there some other scientific reason behind this? Or is it just a preference thing?

2 Answers 2


The writing style of the title is referred to as title case or headline case.


The second example is not in the title case writing style.

  • This is the particularly tedious part of report writing, when you realise capitalisation inconsistencies have slipped in.
    – PhillipW
    Commented Dec 6, 2020 at 23:09
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    The linked Wikipedia article is well worth a look, as it demonstrates that the example is an extreme form of title case, probably done by machine. A more conventional version would have the "on", and maybe even "his".
    – Chris H
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 9:35
  • I've never seen a good reason for capitalising only some of the words.  (I suspect that the practice derives from the days when all nouns were capitalised as a matter of course.)  Conversely, there are many cases when capitalising all of them can remove ambiguity: consider the difference between Pride and Prejudice and Pride And Prejudice.  I've been capitalising every word of titles for ages, and seen only benefits.
    – gidds
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 10:00
  • So is it just a preference or is there any reason of using this style over others? I'd like to start my new youtube channel, and I'd like to set up some design guidelines beforehand, so this thing bothers me right now 😅 Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 14:29
  • Not a preference. It is a writing style, that is, several books have been published that inform readers on the appropriate way to write, such as, Strunk and White's "Elements of Style" and the "Chicago Manual of Style." The title case is likely in both. The books may have the same title case rules or there may be minor differences in the rules.
    – user74889
    Commented Dec 8, 2020 at 16:07

Just in my opinion, i think the reason they use capital letter for each first letter. It is to prevent the misleading title if typo of spacing occurs, take this example below:

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Clearly we can see the functionality here, it is to remove the accidental ambiguities whether is Elon Muskex / Elon Musk Explains, Joe Roganpod / Joe Rogan podcast.

That's the best answer i can find.

  • 8
    What?! This is certainly not the reason for title casing.
    – idmean
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 8:50
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    Why would spacing problems occur?
    – Tim
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 9:02
  • If there is no typo of spacing but a typo of capitalization how would you read it?
    – Will
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 9:55

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