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The proper names have initial capitals, even when shortened to Mediterranean or Atlantic, or used as adjectives. For instance:

Barnsley is a Yorkshire town with a Mediterranean climate.

Mediterranean Sea

Never use Med.

Atlantic Ocean

Mid-Atlantic is hyphenated. Transatlantic is one word, no capitals.


You can usually remove this from a sentence without affecting its meaning. For example, instead of 'We're committed to ongoing service improvements', write:

We are committed to improving the service.

open days

Always lower case.

There are four University open days every year, between June and October. 

outer space

See space