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comment Older mineral names
@HotLicks: Do note that I'm not speaking of "primitive" people, but about the medieval period and later. And I am indeed including "masons and miners".
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comment History of using capital letters for names
@Mari-LouA: If the evolution of the capitalization of proper nouns in general somehow differs from that of personal names in particular, I'd be very interested to hear about that, too. :)
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comment Is there a non-sexual phrase for sleeping with someone?
Admittedly, English is not my first language, but to me this sounds most correct and free of connotations. I may be wrong, but to me, "we slept together" sounds almost as good (as opposed to "we slept with each other").
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comment Do auroras count as an “optical” phenomenon?
I never did say anything about "visual". My question only pertained to whether "optical" is appropriate. :)
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comment Do auroras count as an “optical” phenomenon?
The point about optical illusions is certainly interesting, however, but it rather leads me to think that a more proper distinction is that optical phenomena are those that makes you see things that aren't real (though the phenomenon is still objective, unlike eg. hallucinations), and that the field of optics might then rather refer to the study of the causes of such phenomena.
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comment Do auroras count as an “optical” phenomenon?
Thanks for an interesting answer. However, I don't really think a popularity contest answers the question, as people are at times known to be wrong. :) I cannot help but suspect that this is rather a mistaken conflation of "optical" and "atmospheric" phenomena due to the fact that so many of the latter are of the former kind.
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comment History of using capital letters for names
Thanks for the answer. While interesting, I don't really see that it answers the question, which was about the capitalization of proper nouns specifically, rather than nouns in general (a feature that does not seem to be common only to Germanic languages, but to wider European orthography).
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