Thursday, September 12, 2013

English, Ain't It A Bitch

For inquiring minds who may or may not want to know, in particular Ms. Julia Rachel Barrett, I have finished Shardai. Done and done.
I was expecting a slam bam, thank you, ma'am, proof. But the Cox Law, similar to Murphy's Law, came into play. The Cox Law: NOTHING is ever easy. I'm in complete agreement with Richard Nordquist. 'The only fool-proof rule is that all spelling rules in English have exceptions.' Let me just paraphrase here. 'The only fool-proof rule is that all English rules have exceptions. Did typos snag me? Nope. Words left out? Nope. Capitalization? That's it, that's the one that had me swearing. I got snagged on endearments, forms of address and nicknames.  If, like me, you ever get confused about this,  here's some good advice from Grammar Girl @ quickanddirtytips.com:
"A term of endearment isn't interchangeable with a name the same way a nickname is, and terms of endearment aren't capitalized." 
A term of endearment isn’t interchangeable with a name the same way a nickname is, and terms of endearment aren’t capitalized. - See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/are-nicknames-capitalized?page=all#sthash.zGFo2abr.dpuf


A term of endearment isn’t interchangeable with a name the same way a nickname is, and terms of endearment aren’t capitalized. - See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/are-nicknames-capitalized?page=all#sthash.zGFo2abr.dpuf

6 comments:

  1. Unless you're writing in German, Schatzi

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  2. Hey CJ, That's probably not going to happen in the near future. grin.

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  3. I feel for ya, honey. Always those little things. I never know whether to capitalize words like Intensive Care and Emergency Room.

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  4. Julia, There you go bringing up more to worry about. grin.

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