Her love letters--to and from Daddy--were in an old box, tied with ribbons and stiff, rigid-with-age leather thongs:1918 through 1920;... Why (Daddy) in this sentence was written with a capital D?

  • Why not, Girl? :) -- (Yes, I know many style guides might say not to do that.) – F.E. Dec 31 '13 at 7:36
  • I don't know why – user57550 Dec 31 '13 at 7:37
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    "Daddy" is the 'name', 'appellation' she used to address her dad. The president is usually addressed thus: "Mr President". The capitalisation is to honour / show respect / acknowledge status. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 31 '13 at 7:37
  • Many so-called grammar sources might say that it ought to be "daddy", but when you read a lot of fiction, you'll sometimes see it written as "Daddy". – F.E. Dec 31 '13 at 7:38

The rule of thumb is that if you can replace the name Daddy/Mommy/Dad/Mom with a name, then it gets capitalized.

I received 20 letters from (Daddy.) I received 20 letters from (John.)

That works, so capitalize Daddy.

I received 20 letters from my (Daddy.) I received 20 letters from my (John). Wrong. Using my dad means no capital, because one should not say my John normally.

Guide: capitalize words such as "Mother," "Father," "Grandmother," "Grandfather," "Son," "Daughter," and "Sis" when they are used in place of the person's name. Do not capitalize them when they follow possessive pronouns such as her, his, my, our, your.

Mother wrote to Father every day. Mary wrote to John every day. - correct

My Mother wrote to Father every day. My Mary wrote to John every day. - incorrect. My Mary is not used this way.
My mother wrote to Father every day. - correct

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  • Why My Mary is incorrect? – user57550 Dec 31 '13 at 7:54
  • Er, then how about "Today, I received a letter from Daughter"? -- Also, "My mother wrote to Father every day" is a bit weird looking. Perhaps more consistent would be "Mother wrote to Father every day". – F.E. Dec 31 '13 at 7:54
  • How about "my son calls me dad/Dad."? Should Dad be capitalized in this sentence? – Peter Dec 31 '13 at 7:58
  • Son calls me Dad? right? – user57550 Dec 31 '13 at 7:59
  • @F.E. - That's how I was tught. I personally never called my sisters or brothers "Sis," but some people do. Ergo: My dad and Sis went fishing, while Mom, Gran, Pops, my brother and I stayed home playing video games. I didn't make them up. See here. – anongoodnurse Dec 31 '13 at 8:00

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