“Capitol” or “Capital” in the Hunger Games
As someone who loves dystopian literature, all of my friends have been bugging me about my thoughts on The Hunger Games. While I have no high hopes for a young adult book series like the Hunger Games, I finally conceded to reading them so that I can form an informed opinion about the cultural phenomenon by author Suzanne Collins.
Much thanks to my friend who loaned me her books today. I’m not sure when I’ll get to them, but I’m sure it won’t take me long to read them.
While I am trying to remain open minded about the books, something disappointing caught my eye when skimming the back cover.
Did you catch it? You probably did, since I gave it away in the title.
I know the English language doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but come on. From Grammar.About.com,
Capital… a city that serves as the seat of government;
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.)
A preliminary Google search did not reveal that the misuse of “capitol” was intentional. So my questions are:
- Is this intentional? If so, why?
- And does this continue throughout the books? Because that’s going to annoy me.