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Here's a grammar question I have that's ben bugging me since forever, so I thought I'd post it here to see what the consensus is.
When talking about a race or unit type, is it capitalised? eg, is it Elf or elf?
What I've always been taught is that you shove a capital letter in front of Proper Nouns, and the start of sentences.
For example, in the sentence "My cat," there is no proper noun, so the one capital letter. However, "MY cat Fred," has Fred as the proper noun.
Since I wouldn't have thought that Elf (for example) was a proper noun, it therefore wouldn't be capitalised, unless I'm mistaken somewhere.
So why then do we have sentences like "The Elf stabbed the Orc with his girly fingernails"?
A penny for your thoughts *braces self for mile-long posts by English teachers*
Dictionary.com says it's lowercase. Let me ask you this - do you capitalise the word 'human?' If you do, then you may as well capitalise the word 'elf' and the word 'dwarf,' etc., as they are technically separate species/races what have you.
@magila - funny, but uncalled for.
lol, I figured so much. I just thought I'd quote my English teacher.
GW use capital letters for races, except for humans for some reason. The sentence "The Beastman ate the human" is a perfectly normal sentence in a GW book.
Unit types are always capitalized; maybe that's the reason we see humans and Beastmen (since humans are never called humans in the Army lists)? A bit far fetched, perhaps...
They also use capital letters for characteristics (i. e. Toughness, Attacks) and rules (i.e. Psychology, Terror). But for some reason, they write "armour save" with lowercase letters.
There seems to be a growing convention, in the UK at least, that it's perfectly fine to whack a capital letter on random words in the middle of sentences. As if to accentuate their importance.