Capitalization: mom, dad

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H. E. Taylor:
Greetings,
A question about the capitalization or not of 'mom' & 'dad' has arisen with some acquaintances. For example:
"Mom was a way for 3 months the first time. That
was when dad and I became buddies."
(They think it should be "Dad and I".)
The line I hear is 'dad' needs to be capitalized because it is used as a name.
What say you?

-het
PS.
Fowler & Strunk are unhelpful in this instance.

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Nate Branscom:
[nq:1]Greetings, A question about the capitalization or not of 'mom' & 'dad' has arisen with some acquaintances. For example: "Mom ... I hear is 'dad' needs to be capitalized because it is used as a name. What say you? -het[/nq]
Your acquaintances are right.
Nate
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Father Ignatius:
[nq:1]Greetings, A question about the capitalization or not of 'mom' & 'dad' has arisen with some acquaintances. For example: "Mom ... "Dad and I".) The line I hear is 'dad' needs to be capitalized because it is used as a name.[/nq]
That is korrekt:
Titles and offices are capitalized when they immediately precede a personal name or are standing in for the name entirely:
Princess Stephanie,
Governor Schwarzenegger,
``Greetings, Excellency!''
Titles and offices are capitalized when they are part of the name and not otherwise:
You, sir, are a scoundrel.
Oh, Sir Jasper, do no touch me.
Titles such as mother, father, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa are capitalized when used in place of a name and not otherwise:
Did you hear my mom screaming?
Did you hear Mom screaming?
The duchess rang for a banana
The senator from California
The president of the United States
Mr. President
George W.~Bush, the president of the United States the presidency

Nat
"Second to the right, and straight on {till>'til} morning."
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[nq:1]Greetings, A question about the capitalization or not of 'mom' & 'dad' has arisen with some acquaintances. For example: "Mom ... it is used as a name. What say you? -het PS. Fowler & Strunk are unhelpful in this instance.[/nq]
I cannot give you the official answer (there may not be one) but my native BrE usage is: capitals if it refers to a particular individual otherwise not.
"My Dad is bigger than your Dad." (Both are particular individuals)

"There are lots of mums and dads outside the school." (Not specific individuals)
"Your Dad is over there with the other dads."
Note the BrE spelling of "mum". =20

Se=E1n O'Leathl=F3bhair
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Donna Richoux:
[nq:2]Greetings, A question about the capitalization or not of 'mom' ... to be capitalized because it is used as a name.[/nq]
[nq:1]I cannot give you the official answer (there may not be one) but my native BrE usage is: capitals if ... the school." (Not specific individuals) "Your Dad is over there with the other dads." Note the BrE spelling of "mum".[/nq]
Interesting, but that's not the way I was taught. The ones with "my" and "your" would not be capitalized.
Give this to your mom.
Give this to Mom.
That was when your dad and I became buddies.
That was when Dad and I became buddies.
The same would be true with mother/Mother and father/Father. When it's used as the name of the person, it's capitalized. When it's merely descriptive of the role, it's not.

Best Donna Richoux
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Nate Branscom:
[nq:2]I cannot give you the official answer (there may not ... Dad is bigger than your Dad." (Both are particular individuals)[/nq]
[nq:1]Interesting, but that's not the way I was taught. The ones with "my" and "your" would not be capitalized.[/nq]
I took Sean's example as being the same as "My Jakob is bigger than your Jakob."
[nq:1]Give this to your mom. Give this to Mom. That was when your dad and I became buddies. That was ... When it's used as the name of the person, it's capitalized. When it's merely descriptive of the role, it's not.[/nq]
You're both on the same page, in my eyes.
Nate
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Peter Duncanson:
[nq:1]Greetings, A question about the capitalization or not of 'mom' & 'dad' has arisen with some acquaintances. For example: "Mom was a way for 3 months the first time. That[/nq]
Should that be "away"?

Peter Duncanson
UK (posting from a.e.u)
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Father Ignatius:
[nq:2]Greetings, A question about the capitalization or not of 'mom' ... was a way for 3 months the first time. That[/nq]
[nq:1]Should that be "away"?[/nq]
Nah. The poster clearly intends that Mom was one of a group of musicians or carollers who perform in the streets for three months at Christmastime (August thru December).

Nat
"Second to the right, and straight on {till>'til} morning."
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[nq:2]I cannot give you the official answer (there may not ... with the other dads." Note the BrE spelling of "mum".[/nq]
[nq:1]Interesting, but that's not the way I was taught. The ones with "my" and "your" would not be capitalized. Give ... When it's used as the name of the person, it's capitalized. When it's merely descriptive of the role, it's not.[/nq]
Nate may be right and we are not necessarily very far apart. When a specific individual is being referred to, I am probably considering Mum and Dad to be proper names. This certainly applies to my parents. I would never use their first / given / fore / christian names. They are always Mum and Dad even if preceded by "my".
I would not do the same with mother and father, there I agree with you. I would capitalize them only as religious titles or as proper names. I don't recall father and mother in proper names except Father Time and Old Mother Hubbard. =20

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