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Pet names and capitalization.

Are common pet-names capitalized as per proper names i.e. when writing to a loved one, which of the two is the better option? -Hello darling- or -Hello Darling-

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Surely "Hello, Darling"?

Alby Dec-18-2006

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Yes, a capital is correct. In the case of 'Hello Darling' 'Darling' is an appellation (ie proper noun). It would be the same with if you referred to someone in the third person, calling them darling: 'Well, if Darling thinks so, then...' It should only be lower case in 'You are such a darling.' That would be a common noun.

wizard Dec-26-2006

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To My Immortal Beloved,

-Beethoven

lastronin Feb-18-2008

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She kicked off her shoes. “I’m pretty spent. That was an incredible weekend, but I really must get ready for work. Will you come see me tonight, Precious?”

vs.

She kicked off her shoes. “I’m pretty spent. That was an incredible weekend, but I really must get ready for work. Will you come see me tonight, my precious?”

trivates Aug-14-2012

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Same with mom and dad, etc., they're capitalized as "names", but not when describing family position.

With capital: "let me ask Dad",

Without capital: "let me ask my dad".

porsche Aug-15-2012

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What about expletives?

"Hey, watch where you're going, Asshole!"

vs.

"Hey, watch where you're going, you asshole!"

There's a doozie.

trivates Aug-15-2012

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Bonnie Lass Sep-11-2012

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