Author Topic: Should the title of a person be capitalized?  (Read 3271 times)

Offline Matt

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Should the title of a person be capitalized?
« on: February 20, 2006, 12:36:07 AM »
I've gotten two different answers from friends of mine, so I thought I'd better the ask the writers!
My new novel has a character by the name of detective Shumaker or should it be Detective Shumaker?
Reverend Akers or reverend Akers? Please help.

SuzieHarris

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Re: Should the title of a person be capitalized?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2006, 04:04:10 AM »
Matt,

I use capitals. My title is Dr. Suzanne Harris not dr. suzanne harris.

Others may have their own way of doing it, but that's how I go about it :)

Suzie

Offline Symphony

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Re: Should the title of a person be capitalized?
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2006, 09:15:02 AM »
I'll second Suzie.

Depends on context a little, too, though. Forgive me if I'm giving too much information here which you already know, but just in case:

There's a reverend/doctor who lives just down the road - Reverend Whatever/Dr. Who!

What was the name of that reverend - Richards? That's it. Reverend Richards.

The detective's name is Shumacher - ask for Detective Shumacher.

(I think that's pretty much the accepted format)

Symphony
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SuzieHarris

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Re: Should the title of a person be capitalized?
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2006, 09:23:40 AM »
Suzie bites symphony!

Will you stop confusing the matter and go and visit that Reverend Whoever, hehe.

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Suzie

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Re: Should the title of a person be capitalized?
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2006, 11:24:32 AM »
 :D :D :D