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Terms of endearment

Posted: 29 Aug 2019, 18:26
by Lunastella
Is it correct to capitalize terms of endearment? Such as honey, darling, dude, etc.
I can't find an agreement on this and it would drastically change the number of errors I found in a book.
Thanks!

Re: Terms of endearment

Posted: 29 Aug 2019, 21:18
by Juliet+1
Well, it's definitely correct to NOT capitalize them. I'm not sure, though, if capitalizing terms of endearment is absolutely wrong. If a character routinely calls someone else "Honey" so that it becomes a nickname, then it could be okay. And then there's artistic license, which allows many deviations from the norm. I hope others will chime in on this question. :P

Re: Terms of endearment

Posted: 29 Aug 2019, 22:32
by unamilagra
I think if you are using it as a proper noun in place of their name like "Honey, can you ..." it should be capitalized. That said, I don't think I would call it an error on the author's part either way. I would consider it more of a creative license type thing.

Re: Terms of endearment

Posted: 30 Aug 2019, 18:51
by Lunastella
Juliet+1 wrote:
29 Aug 2019, 21:18
Well, it's definitely correct to NOT capitalize them. I'm not sure, though, if capitalizing terms of endearment is absolutely wrong. If a character routinely calls someone else "Honey" so that it becomes a nickname, then it could be okay. And then there's artistic license, which allows many deviations from the norm. I hope others will chime in on this question. :P
I think I'll go with artistic license because they're not used as a constant nicknames...
Thank you so much!

Re: Terms of endearment

Posted: 30 Aug 2019, 18:52
by Lunastella
unamilagra wrote:
29 Aug 2019, 22:32
I think if you are using it as a proper noun in place of their name like "Honey, can you ..." it should be capitalized. That said, I don't think I would call it an error on the author's part either way. I would consider it more of a creative license type thing.
Thank you very much!