Italics: those beautifully slanted words that a lot of people forget to use or overuse.
When do you italicize words without the mumbo jumbo?
- To emphasis a word or expression.
- “I was not there, no matter what she says!”
- Foreign words.
- Perhaps your character is in another country and you want to make it feel more authentic by using foreign words.
- “She swung the payong up and over her shoulder to shield herself from the rain.”
- “The siren bellowed a high weeee into the midnight air and a chill stabbed into my core.”
- Introducing a term in text. You do this the same way you would use quotation marks.
- When using letters in math.
- 32u + 5u = 37u
- Referring to bodies of work that can stand alone, put anything else in quotes.
- Book titles
- Newspapers, magazines, journals, pamphlets, reports, academic research essays
- TV shows
- Radio shows and Podcasts
- Plays, operas, ballets, long musical and poetic work.
- Works of art
- Blogs. Websites are just capitalized. Weird, right?