Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Capitalization in Titles for People

by Jill Williamson

To capitalize the name or not to capitalize? Here are the answers as per the Chicago Manual of Style.

Family
If your character is addressing her mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, or grandparent and first uses a pronoun (my, her, his, their, our), the family title must be lower case.

Examples:

Because my mother said so.

I love our dad, don't you?

That car belongs to his grandpa Bill.

Greg, this is my aunt Shellie.

If your character is addressing her mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, or grandparent, and does not use a pronoun, the family title must be capitalized. 


Examples:

Because Mother said so.

I love Dad, don't you?

That car belongs to Grandpa Bill.

Greg, this is Aunt Shellie.


Terms of endearment, enmity, or indifference

The same rules do not apply for terms of endearment (honey, baby, sweetie, dear, darling), enmity (jerk, punk, idiot, stupid), or indifference (dude, man, buddy). All such terms should be lowercase.

Terms of Respect

Titles of honor are capitalized (His/Her/Your Majesty/Honor/Highness/Excellency).

All other general terms of respect are lowercase (sir, ma'am, miss, madam, my lord, my lady).

Capiche? Questions?

16 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I've often wondered about capitalization issues. Now they make so much more sense!

    Now to go see what other posts I've missed over the past few busy days.

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    1. Noticed you were missing, Madam Bing. There were no comments from you! D:

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  2. The terms of respect get me every time! Thanks for a great post.
    ~Sarah Faulkner

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    1. You're welcome. I will probably need to look up this post for myself in the terms of respect part too. LOL

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  3. Thanks for this post Jill! Capitalization is one of those tough things to remember. This is do helpful!

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  4. Capiche. I guess. I think I know what that word means...if it means "got it", then Capiche ;) No questions as usual :D

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  5. I have a test on this- again- today. I better know how to do this : )

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    1. Oooh. You'll have to tell us how you did. :-)

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  6. I have a question about the new writing challenge. Do we add together the days word count with the previous days word count? Or do we just put a space in between each day of the week, in each weeks block? Hope this makes sense I am confused with this haha! :)

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    1. Hi, Natalie. If you're on the spreadsheet, you'll notice that there's a spot to enter your total for each week. You don't need to break it down by day, nor do you need to log it there daily. When you're done writing on Sunday, all you need to do is input your week's total under "Week one." If you signed up for email reminders, you'll receive one on Sunday that includes instructions.

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    2. Okay I understand now. Thank you! :)

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  7. Hi, Stephanie. You mentioned that each age group would have different challenges. Do you have to be signed up to see those or will there be a way to see them from the blog? I collect writing prompts, ideas, and challenges. :-)
    I didn't sign up for "100 for 100", but I was hoping to participate privately.
    Thanks

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  8. Thank you Ms. Jill :D This was a really helpful post! I actually didn't know that about the family members if preceded by our, my, his...etc. Or my lord, sir, miss etc. And now that I do it will really help me :D I do have a question though, if it was say a name with lord or lady preceding it would it then be capitalized? (e.g. Lord Stephan)
    Thanks again! Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

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