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Popsicle seems like a generic term like ice cream, but it’s actually a registered trademark. You have to capitalize all of those. Capitalize terms like Magic Markers, Band-Aid, Scotch Tape, and even TV Dinner. However, you don’t need to capitalize the generic word that comes after it. Like Kleenex tissue or Pepsi soda or Honda sedan. These are the little grammar rules you can follow to sound smarter.
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You always capitalize the names of all religious figures: God, Buddha, Zeus, Moses, Lakshmi, the Virgin Mary, Yaweh, and all the rest. Capitalize every one of them. Use a capital if you’re using a stand-in term like the Creator or Maker. The only time you won’t capitalize “god” is when you’re not referring to a specific god, as in “Pray to the weather gods for a sunny picnic day.” You also don’t need to capitalize the word when you’re using the it as a description, as in, “Her prowess on the tennis court was like a gift from the gods.” While you’re at it, go ahead and capitalize the titles of all religious books too, like the Bible and the Koran.