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Capital or Capitol?

As I worked on my earlier map post, I needed to know if it is “capital city” or “capitol city.” Yes. It matters.  Here is what I learned at

Capital has multiple meanings: (1) a city that serves as the seat of government; (2) wealth in the form of money or property; (3) an asset or advantage; (4) a capital letter (the type of letter used at the beginning of a sentence).

Capitol refers to the building in which a legislative assembly meets. (Remember that the o in capitol is like the o in the dome of a capitol building.)


  • The dome of the United States Capitol may well be the most famous man-made landmark in America.
  • Juneau is the capital of Alaska.
  • “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” (Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime.” (Woody Allen)


(a) The United States Capitol is the ______ building that serves as the location for the United States Congress.

(b) It is located in Washington, D.C., the ______ of the United States.


July 16, 2013 - Posted by | Communication, Education, Words

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