WHY SHOULD WE CARE HOW WE SPELL ANTISEMITISM?

Quite often, after I finish a presentation, someone will ask about the current situation with Scandinavian antisemitism. While this is a bit off-topic – after all, I limit myself to the period of the Holocaust years – it’s led me to contemplate why we see so many different spellings of the term. Should we cap the “a” in anti? And what about the hyphen? I struggled with this in all my writings till I found support for my own reasoning that, unlike the Holocaust, the concept of antisemitism does not deserve a capital letter.

The following plaque at the Jewish Museum of Florida, https://jmof.fiu.edu/ (located on South Miami Beach), now owned and managed by FIU, Florida International University,  seems to settle the matter in a scholarly manner.

I, for one, am now a stickler for using “antisemitism” with the small “a” and no hyphen (the beginning of a sentence gets the capped A, of course). But you may have to add this spelling to your on-line dictionary, which doesn’t automatically recognize it.