- italicsItalics are a style of sloping type, like this, and are used for a number of special purposes, principally:titles of books, films, works of art, etc.:David Copperfield, Gone with the Wind, Mona Lisa.titles of long poems:Paradise Lost.names of newspapers etc.:Daily Express, Radio Times.names of ships and vehicles:Ark Royal, Concorde.foreign words and phrases:amour propre, ne plus ultra (see foreign words and phrases).for emphasis:‘Oh, come on, it can't be that bad.’For other uses see New Hart's Rules, 121–5. In writing, italics are shown by underlining.
Modern English usage. 2014.