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At 10.09 p.m. 26.10.2001 -0400, you wrote:
>From: "Tristan Alexander McLeay" <[log in to unmask]>
> > >My opa's (why the sudden capitalization?) all died while I was on
> > >vacation... talking about inconsiderate! <pun intended>
> >
> > The 'sudden' capitalisation is an established practice in English: one
> > capitalises the titles 'Mum' (or "Mom"), 'Dad', 'Grandma' etc.
>
>Well, the rule (*here*, anyway) says that they're capitalized when they're
>used as proper names or in conjunction with proper names, but not elsewhere,
>so "my mom did this", "Grandma Ellie did this" "Dad did this", but not "my
>Mom did this", "grandma Ellie did this", or "dad did this".
>
>The rule applies to any title, actually:  "they attacked the lord of the
>manor"/"they attacked Lord Vader"; "things your god does"/"things God does".

That could be the rule, then. Confusion runs wild in the lands of English
writers.

Tristan