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John Jebbia

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I took German in High School, and apparently they capitalize nouns. I've sorta gotten into the habit of doing so, even when writing in English. I think it's better. Do you?

May 09 13 10:01 pm Link

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GK photo

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Laguna Beach, California, US

no

May 09 13 10:03 pm Link

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DougBPhoto

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Portland, Oregon, US

What is a Noun ?

May 09 13 10:04 pm Link

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Big A-Larger Than Life

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The Woodlands, Texas, US

Doesn't your iPhone just do all that for you?  big_smile

May 09 13 10:05 pm Link

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Tim Little Photography

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Wilmington, Delaware, US

Yes, it is better.

May 09 13 10:06 pm Link

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Big A-Larger Than Life

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The Woodlands, Texas, US

DougBPhoto wrote:
What is a Noun ?

It's like a verb, but sits around being lazy and not doing shit.  The verbs get pissed at the nouns and get inspired to take action.  And the adjectives are like Perez Hilton and sit around blogging and describing it.

May 09 13 10:07 pm Link

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Patrick Walberg

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Salinas, California, US

Cap the nuns instead.

May 09 13 10:13 pm Link

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DougBPhoto

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Portland, Oregon, US

I always thought capitals were a punishment unless a sports team, then you make the first letter big, like in Capitals.

May 09 13 10:15 pm Link

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Damon Banner

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Hayward, California, US

I have a Dog.

Should Dog be capitalized? 

The little Boy had a grey Cat? 

You see how ridiculous the Germans look?

May 09 13 10:15 pm Link

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Big A-Larger Than Life

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The Woodlands, Texas, US

Damon Banner wrote:
I have a Dog.

Should Dog be capitalized? 

The little Boy had a grey Cat? 

You see how ridiculous the Germans look?

http://media.giphy.com/media/Rb0ZlSo3hfV3G/200_s.gif

May 09 13 10:38 pm Link

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DougBPhoto

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Portland, Oregon, US

Wait, how did this get in SF2 ???

This is not about broccoli, bacon or sex.


hmm

*glare*

May 09 13 10:47 pm Link

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udor

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New York, New York, US

John Jebbia wrote:
I took German in High School, and apparently they capitalize nouns. I've sorta gotten into the habit of doing so, even when writing in English. I think it's better. Do you?

When I started to actually live in the States... it was a tough one to adjust to the all lower case writing and not to capitalize nouns...

May 10 13 05:29 am Link

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Lohkee

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Maricopa, Arizona, US

udor wrote:

When I started to actually live in the States... it was a tough one to adjust to the all lower case writing and not to capitalize nouns...

And that does even count the differences in spelling over here lol

May 10 13 07:24 am Link

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Justin

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Fort Collins, Colorado, US

What would be the rationale for capping all nouns? If all nouns are capped, there's no distinctiveness, so what's the point? Based on that mentality, you might as well uncap all of them.

A common noun is not capped.

A proper noun is capped and hence gains import to the reader.

It's a good system, and there's no need to change it.

May 10 13 07:30 am Link

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Marc Damon

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Biloxi, Mississippi, US

DougBPhoto wrote:
Wait, how did this get in SF2 ???

This is not about broccoli, bacon or sex.


hmm

*glare*

Here's your Broccoli and Bacon.
http://img4-2.realsimple.timeinc.net/images/1109/broccoli-tomato_gal.jpg
Sorry Doug, no Sex from me. I don't roll that way tongue


Should pronouns be capitalized too? What would happen when you hit the salary cap? lol

May 10 13 07:52 am Link

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ArtisticPhotography

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Buffalo, New York, US

Tim Little Photography wrote:
Yes, it is better.

yes, It is better.

May 10 13 09:28 am Link

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DougBPhoto

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Portland, Oregon, US

Marc Damon wrote:

Here's your Broccoli and Bacon.
http://img4-2.realsimple.timeinc.net/images/1109/broccoli-tomato_gal.jpg
Sorry Doug, no Sex from me. I don't roll that way tongue


Should pronouns be capitalized too? What would happen when you hit the salary cap? lol

The point was that the thread should not have been moved from Off Topic into SF2 because it had nothing to do with SF2

May 10 13 10:26 am Link

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GK photo

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Laguna Beach, California, US

DougBPhoto wrote:

The point was that the thread should not have been moved from Off Topic into SF2 because it had nothing to do with SF2

yeah, there's some strange doings in the fora of late.

May 10 13 10:30 am Link

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Vivus Hussein Denuo

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New York, New York, US

Might be a good idea, as part of a major overhaul of our writing system.  Unlike some writing systems, ours doesn't make clear what part of speech a word is, e.g.:

laying down.  That could mean "resting on the bed," or "putting eider feathers on the bed."  But if it were written, "laying Down," then we would know the latter meaning was intended.

English's writing system is so screwy, I support anything that would increase clarity.  Maybe capitalizing nouns would help.

May 10 13 10:49 am Link

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Orca Bay Images

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John Jebbia wrote:
I took German in High School, and apparently they capitalize nouns. I've sorta gotten into the habit of doing so, even when writing in English. I think it's better. Do you?

If you want to be viewed as semi-literate in English, yes, it's better.

May 10 13 02:27 pm Link

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Select Imagery

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

Marc Damon wrote:
Should pronouns be capitalized too? What would happen when you hit the salary cap? lol

What? As compared to an Amateur Noun?

May 10 13 02:32 pm Link

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Bob Helm Photography

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey, US

At one time they pretty much were as there were no books on grammar and spellin. The internet is bringing it all back a couple of hundred years latter.

May 11 13 06:30 pm Link

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udor

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New York, New York, US

udor wrote:
When I started to actually live in the States... it was a tough one to adjust to the all lower case writing and not to capitalize nouns...

Lohkee wrote:
And that does even count the differences in spelling over here lol

Yeah... and the grammar is also a little bit more complex than English.

May 12 13 08:43 am Link

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Vivus Hussein Denuo

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New York, New York, US

Select Imagery wrote:

What? As compared to an Amateur Noun?

It took me about 5 seconds to get that.

May 12 13 06:04 pm Link

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Vivus Hussein Denuo

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New York, New York, US

udor wrote:

udor wrote:
When I started to actually live in the States... it was a tough one to adjust to the all lower case writing and not to capitalize nouns...

Yeah... and the grammar is also a little bit more complex than English.

English grammar is simple, but our "system" of spelling is fiendishly complex.  My sympathies to all those who had to learn it as adults.

May 12 13 06:07 pm Link

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Marc Damon

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Biloxi, Mississippi, US

Select Imagery wrote:
What? As compared to an Amateur Noun?

yes.
I can envision seldom used pronouns being worth less than those used more frequently. Or maybe it would be the other way around. If you use a common pronoun it would cost less than bringing in a specialist in the field. Of course, there would need to be a study (costing the US taxpayer several trillion dollars) to rank the pronouns in order of use frequency, importance, etc. Then Congressional approval of their ranks in each list. Maybe we could recoup the cost of the study and reduce the national debt and deficit by charging foreign tourists and immigrants for their use.
tongue

Vivus Hussein Denuo wrote:
It took me about 5 seconds to get that.

Why so slow? lol

May 12 13 06:12 pm Link

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scrymettet

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Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Vivus Hussein Denuo wrote:

English grammar is simple, but our "system" of spelling is fiendishly complex.  My sympathies to all those who had to learn it as adults.

Try French.
It's my mother language and I cannot spell it

May 12 13 06:13 pm Link

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Marc Damon

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Biloxi, Mississippi, US

scrymettet wrote:

Try French.
It's my mother language and I cannot spell it

But you just did spell it.
  I  T
   it


lol

May 12 13 06:17 pm Link

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scrymettet

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Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Marc Damon wrote:

But you just did spell it.
  I  T
   it


lol

see ? it instead of Langue française

May 12 13 06:19 pm Link

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Marc Damon

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Biloxi, Mississippi, US

scrymettet wrote:

see ? it instead of Langue française

Hey, I grew up speaking Cajun/Creole French in south Louisiana. When I speak French to someone from Europe, it sounds like a time warp with me speaking Colonial English (think G. Washington, T. Jefferson, B. Franklin) to someone in America today.

May 12 13 06:28 pm Link

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scrymettet

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Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Marc Damon wrote:

Hey, I grew up speaking Cajun/Creole French in south Louisiana. When I speak French to someone from Europe, it sounds like a time warp with me speaking Colonial English (think G. Washington, T. Jefferson, B. Franklin) to someone in America today.

same here when I moved in Québec.
but being from Belgium helped. We have our own quaint languages there

May 12 13 06:40 pm Link

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Gianantonio

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:

It's like a verb, but sits around being lazy and not doing shit.  The verbs get pissed at the nouns and get inspired to take action.  And the adjectives are like Perez Hilton and sit around blogging and describing it.

Yeah.  The verbs do all the work...

May 16 13 08:37 pm Link

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Gianantonio

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

John Jebbia wrote:
I took German in High School, and apparently they capitalize nouns. I've sorta gotten into the habit of doing so, even when writing in English. I think it's better. Do you?

Nein.  Es ist nicht besser.  Warum glaubst du das es besser ist?  Es macht mehr Arbeit, als man den ersten Buchstaben groß machen muss.

May 16 13 08:46 pm Link

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Chicchowmein

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Palm Beach, Florida, US

CAPITALIZE EVERYTHING

May 16 13 09:39 pm Link

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Rick Edwards

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Wilmington, Delaware, US

thank god we don't assign a gender (sometimes neuter) to inanimate objects like they do in other languages...

May 17 13 05:53 pm Link

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Rick Edwards

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Wilmington, Delaware, US

Vivus Hussein Denuo wrote:

English grammar is simple, but our "system" of spelling is fiendishly complex.  My sympathies to all those who had to learn it as adults.

^^^^ this

May 17 13 05:54 pm Link

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Skipshots

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Atlanta, Georgia, US

What's a noun? And why would it need capital?

May 18 13 01:18 pm Link

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hygvhgvkhy

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Chicago, Illinois, US

Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:

It's like a verb, but sits around being lazy and not doing shit.  The verbs get pissed at the nouns and get inspired to take action.  And the adjectives are like Perez Hilton and sit around blogging and describing it.

Lmfao

May 19 13 01:57 am Link