December 29, 2018 - Capitalization of Names

European Union officials were recently issued a new guide book for writing, English Style Guide: A handbook for authors and translators in the European Commission.”

This document affirms the proper name style, in section 4.2, as:

"Proper names and titles. Use initial capitals for proper nouns:

  • Mr Goldsmith is a baker but Mr Baker is a goldsmith
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • the Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Dame Judi Dench
  • honourable Member (of the European Parliament)"

Interestingly this is only place, so far, where the use of all capital letter names are discussed. Section 4.20 reads:

"Upper case may also be employed for names used as codes or in a different way from usual, e.g. VENUS as a cover name for a person or for a computer server rather than the planet." (emphasis mine)

Their Interpretation Act defines "person" as follows:

"The expression "person" shall include a body or other association of persons whether granted legal personality, in accordance with the provisions of the Second Schedule to the Civil Code, or not."

As in every western political/legal division, a "person" is a legal entity, a corporation, a body politic and not man.

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