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Capitalization

Poll #621602 M vs. m

Which do you use?

Medieval and Early Modern
17(47.2%)
medieval and early modern
18(50.0%)

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juniperus
Nov. 28th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
er. medieval and Early Modern. Middle Ages. uh, yeah.
angevin2
Nov. 28th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
medieval and early modern are lowercase, but Middle Ages and Renaissance are capitalized...
owlfish
Nov. 28th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
I find the nouns are easier to be decisive about than the adjectives are.
targaff
Nov. 28th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Isn't it dependent on how it's being used?

I now have three -fish people on my friends list, incidentally, this could get very confusing.
owlfish
Nov. 28th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
What contexts would you be distinguishing between by capitalizing or not capitalizing each term?

Together, we are a school! I am one of two owls on my friendslist.
owlfish
Nov. 28th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
And, indeed, one of two owls on yours. There is nothing unique about me. Or at least about my username.
sioneva
Nov. 29th, 2005 10:30 am (UTC)
Except that I don't know anybody else with the username "owlfish" or with very cute owls looking thoughtfully at a skeleton fish.

You are unique! After all, even if you weren't brilliant and attractive, you'd still have the loveliest red hair I've ever seen (and coveted) in my life ;)

I'd probably not capitalize them in general but I could be wrong. I would say that if it's not blatantly obvious which one to use, no one else is going to know exactly either, so go with what looks correct!
darktouch
Nov. 28th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
IT wouldn't have even occured to me that this would be a dilema.
naomichana
Nov. 28th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
I can only envision capitalizing "medieval" and "early modern" if they are being used as stand-alone noun substitutes -- "Oh, I teach Medieval, but my degree's in Early Modern." As adjectives, which I take to be their standard use, it's definitely "medieval" and "early modern."
a_d_medievalist
Nov. 28th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
Come to think of it, I do differentiate between usage. Even when adjectival. So I don't capitalize medieval in medieval Britain, but I'm applying for jobs in Medieval History. Crap. Hope it doesn't screw up my chances ...
owlfish
Nov. 29th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
You're applying for jobs in a field which has a proper name. Of course proper names should be capitalized.
printperson
Nov. 28th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
M or m
Just thinking with my fingers here. I usually use these terms as adjectives...medieval art in general but...Medieval Art as a course name or book title. I don't USE Early Modern - that's for you historians.
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owlfish
Dec. 27th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
The internet is very small!
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