Do You Capitalize?

…the "T" in "top" even if it’s not the first word of a sentence? If so, do you also do the "B" in "bottom," the "D" in dominant and / or the "S" in "submissive"?  If so, is there a reason or is it just convention?  Do you do it in special cases (ie, for a specific person "my Top" or "my Bottom") or is it something you use generally?  Does the verb get the capital "Topping" as well as the noun?

I’m asking because I’m curious (duh!) — it’s something I’ve noticed increasing in the last couple years and am wondering where it’s come from.

Also because it always reminds me of my grandmother (she’ll be 101 next month and is maybe the last of the Victorians in style).  She’s always used capitals for emphasis so I have letters from her with wonderful gems like:

Judith told me she forgave David after all That, but she is An Angel.  He does Not deserve Her.  That man is a Devil and a Very Bad husband.

Anyway, I wondered if I was being left behind somehow.  Though I don’t think I can adopt the capping thing.  I love her, but I just can’t keep from hearing my Nan when I see posts about "playing with different Tops."

Would love to read / hear your thoughts.

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4 thoughts on “Do You Capitalize?

  1. Mike

    It kind of drives me a little batty to read things like “i hope You will be my Top so i can be Your bottom.” If there is enough of it, it takes on the appearance of a ransom note pasted together from clippings. But that’s just me; I prefer the conventions of proper grammar.

  2. Molly b

    That drives me nuts. What’s worse IMO is the I/i Y/you stuff. I think it all came of chatrooms. I recall one chatroom where switches alternated caps and lower case letters in their names. Spare me. I know conventions change, but this chatroom capping is one convention I’ll be steering clear of. I usually don’t read anything written in it, either.
    Not that I think your grandmother is hanging around in chatrooms. Her choice of caps for emphasis belongs to another typographical tradition, and one which I use sparingly myself sometimes.

  3. Bonnie

    I generally adhere to standard capitalization rules. However, if someone consistently writes their own name in lower case, I may adopt that convention when referring to them by name. I believe everyone has the right to define their own name, including the capitalization.
    Pronouns, however, remain intact.


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