Should Nicknames Be Capitalized?

Capitalize Nicknames

“Click” and “Clack” are capitalized because they’re nicknames—they take the place of a real name.

Is a nickname a proper noun?

Capitalization of Personal Names, Nicknames, Animals’ Names, Hyphenation, Proper Names, Familial Names, and Personification. Capitalize animals’ names if part or all of the name is derived from a proper noun. Do not capitalize if the name is not derived from a proper name.

Why names are capitalized?

Use capitals for proper nouns. In other words, capitalize the names of people, specific places, and things. For example: We don’t capitalize the word “bridge” unless it starts a sentence, but we must capitalize Brooklyn Bridge because it is the name of a specific bridge.

Do pet names get capitalized?

Using the same examples, you would capitalize proper nouns like Mrs. Smith, Jerry, Los Angeles, and Mexico. When it comes to the capitalization of animal names, the difference can be tricky. The name of your pet would be capitalized, just as the name of a human would be: Fido, Snowball, or Rover.

Do you capitalize state nicknames?

A. Write “Aloha State.” It’s essentially a proper name because it is a nickname for the proper entity Hawaii (nicknames for people are capitalized). And according to CMOS 8.48, popular names for places and epithets are usually capitalized.

Is mother a proper noun?

Many common nouns may be used as proper nouns; for example, mother is a common noun, as in “His mother just turned sixty-five”, but may be used as a proper noun, as in “Have you seen Mother today?”. As in this example, common nouns are traditionally capitalized when used as proper nouns.

What letters should be capitalized?

The rules are fairly standard for title case:

  • Capitalize the first and the last word.
  • Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
  • Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
  • Lowercase the ‘to’ in an infinitive (I want to play guitar).

Do you capitalize color names?

Do capitalize the names of sports mascots, official names, and colors but do not capitalize names of sports teams.

Is the name of a company capitalized?

In many cases, a company name includes the word Company. It is very common to use the term Company to stand in for the Acme Company. It is, in effect, a defined term, whether or not a formal defining process is used. In this case, the term Company is really part of a proper noun, and should be capitalized throughout.

Do you capitalize a headline?

“Short” words-those with less than five letters-are lowercase in titles unless they are the first or last words. Generally, we do not capitalize: Coordinating Conjunctions (fewer than five letters) – and, but, or, for, nor, etc. Prepositions (fewer than five letters) – on, at, to, from, by, etc.