Is South Capitalized?

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You should only capitalize directions, such as south, when you are referring to it as the proper noun, such as “in the South.” If you are merely referring to a direction, such as “go south on I-90,” then you should keep south lowercase.

Some common examples of when you should capitalize south include:

  • down South
  • the Deep South

and when you should lowercase it:

  • in the south of France
  • go south on I-90 and then north

What about capitalizing southern or Southerner?

The same rules apply to capitalizing southern as capitalizing south. If you are referring to a group of proper nouns such as “the Southern States.” However, if you’re referring to a general location, such as “the southern winds” then southern should be lowercase.

You should always capitalize Southerner since it refers to a group of people who are proper nouns.

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