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Since you asked for a linguistics answer, here goes. First of all, it's incorrect to assume that linguistics assumes that there are proper noun and common noun categories to begin with, that all languages contain and distinguish between. Lay ideas of grammar don't necessarily correspond to linguistic ones. A linguistic analysis of proper nouns proposes ...


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The confusion here stems from the fact that "Celsius" is not the name of the unit, rather it is a classifier for the unit "degree," of which there is also "Fahrenheit." Because "Celsius" and "Fahrenheit" are names (Anders Celsius and Daniel Fahrenheit), they remain capitalized. However, a "kelvin" is a unit just like "meter" or "gram," which, despite being ...


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"The Gulf" is usually capitalized, because it's functioning as a short form of the name "the Gulf of Mexico" rather than as an ordinary use of the common noun gulf. (Of course, the Gulf of Mexico is a gulf, so it's not wrong to write "the gulf" in a context where you've just referred to it. But it's also an "ocean basin", so an easy test is: in any given ...



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