Dad or dad?

My dad…Dad…

My mom


Capitalize names of relationships only when they are a part of or a substitute for a person’s name. (Often this means that when there is a modifier, such as a possessive pronoun, in front of such a word, we do not capitalize it.) 

“Let’s go visit Grandmother today.” 

“Let’s go visit my grandmother today.”



31 thoughts on “Dad or dad?”

  1. Oh I love this. I always go back and check for this one. I think people miss this a lot. Also something I thought interesting is overuse of the word” that”. People say, I told him that….but good writers drop “that” and simply state what they said. (ie., I told him not use that word that.) 😀 I use an older English style of writing professionally.
    I was going to ask you if you ever use the word “stet” when proofing. I use that when I’ve marked something for correction and change my mind and want it printed as originally written.

    BTW, you inspired me with your nightmares post. I didn’t mention your name but referred to you. I wasn’t sure that was okay.

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      1. AWE thank you. I feel strongly to support those that really try and have the desire to follow their dreams. It’s a beautiful thing when you dreams come true. I’ve been fortunate enough to see 2 of my dreams come true and if today was my last day on earth I would say I’ve lived a good life and all is well! I hope that for you too! 🙂


  2. Grandma’s name was always in caps. But, then, for years I had no idea she had a different name than ‘Grandma Eng.’ I’d even address her mail to that name. It got there!!!

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  3. Interesting tidbit. Reminds me of my great grandma referred to as “Nana.” I am not sure I knew her first name other than “Nana.”Sounds like a good story to write. She was an interesting character.

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