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  1. #1
    Fiction Novels
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    Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    How would you capitalize this sentence:

    "I don't know, honey," my Aunt Virginia said.

    Would you capitalize the word honey?
    When "honey" is like a sub for the person's name, should it be capped?
    If it were "Honey," then "Honey" would be the literal name,
    like "I don't know, Jane," she said.

    Mya - this one is right up your alley!


    Thanks



  2. #2
    Jan Helman
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    I don't capitalize terms of endearment like honey, sweetie, snookums, etc.

  3. #3
    P Brown
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    Unless the nickname is a common name for the person, yes. If the word honey is a common form of speech, like ma'am or sir, then no capitalization.

  4. #4
    Weed Eater
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    "i don'T knOw, hoNey," My aunt virginia Said.

    If you're using Honey as a proper name, cap it. If not, keep it lowercase, pal.


  5. #5
    Chris Chamberlain
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid


    Thought I'd mention that military personnel commonly regard their appelations as occupational titles, such as 'Doctor'; even ones we civvies might not think of that way, such as 'Guardsman', 'Airman' and 'Highlander'.

    I used to work on garrison and airbase magazines and miltary people can kick up about it if you spell these with lower case capitals.

  6. #6
    Mya Bell
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    It's a good question. I've scratched my head over that one a few times too.

    There are definitely differences of opinion. Kathy Ide, a writing consultant says to always use lowercase for terms like honey, sweetheart, dear, etc., but the Chicago Manual of Style (which is used by many publishers), says to use uppercase when it takes the place of a name.

    I tend to agree with CMS, since other tags- or titles-as-names are handled this way (capitalized).

    So:

    My sweetheart/honey asked me to the dance Friday.

    Tell me, Sweetheart/Honey, are we going to the dance Friday?



    --- Mya Bell

  7. #7
    Fiction Novels
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    Thanks to all... but I"m still not sure what to do.

    In the sentence "Sure enough, kiddo."
    OR
    Should it be "Sure enough, Kiddo."

    I had it capped, then I didn't like the way it looked since in this case, "kiddo" is a one time term of affection, not a regular nickname. If the character was always called Kiddo, no question. Caps. If the next time Aunt Ginny says something, it could be "Sure enough, babe."

    Eek!

    I'm just leaving it lower case. It won't be a deal breaker!

  8. #8
    Ashling White
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    I had honey, sweetie, sweetheart and dear in lower caps in my novel. I used the search feature to capitalize all of them. That didn't look right either so I searched and changed them back to lower case. One of the main characters regularly addressed his sister as Sis, using her given name only when he was angry, so I left that one in caps.

    Sigh,
    Ashling

  9. #9
    Fiction Novels
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    I'm going lower case! Thanks to all for input.

  10. #10
    Mya Bell
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    Re: Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    FN, in the "kiddo" example you gave above, I think I'd probably put it in lowercase, too.

    --- Mya Bell

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