Posted by: Jack Henry | May 6, 2016

Editor’s Corner: When Do I Capitalize “Mom”?

Good morning, and happy Friday!

I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, and if you did forget, shame on you!

Over the years, a few people have asked me when to capitalize familial terms like mom, dad, or granny. Here’s your answer. It comes from an article on the Daily Writing Tips website.

Capitalize mom and related words when the term is a form of direct address substituting for a name: You’re asking, “Can I go see a movie, Mom?” just as you would ask, “Can I go see a movie, Jane?”

When you speak of your mother to another person, substituting mom for her name, the word, for the same reason, is capitalized: Compare “I asked Mom if I could go see a movie” and “I asked Jane if I could go see a movie.”

But if you precede mom with a pronoun [dbb – like my or your], it is a generic noun, equivalent to a designation for any other person: “I asked my mom if I could go see a movie” is equivalent to “I asked my dentist if I could go see a movie.”

I wish all of you moms a very happy Mother’s Day.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

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