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I am writing a piece on Kandi Kids, the name for a specific rave culture.

"The Kandi Kid community..." (Proper noun.)

"She gave him a piece of kandi." (Common noun.)

"They saw two young Kandi Girls." (Capitalized? Or is it Kandi girls?)

Thank you.

  • Why is "kandi kids" a proper noun and "rave" isn't? – David K Dec 28 '17 at 23:08
  • Once we capitalise those other important words "Community" and "Culture" and "Piece" this is almost German. – Weather Vane Dec 28 '17 at 23:13
  • @DavidK - I don't know. It just felt correct. I can't find "rave culture" capitalized anywhere. Should they both be? Or should they both me uncapitalized? – Christopher Issac Dec 28 '17 at 23:16
  • I'm starting to think it's all uncapitalized. I found some old articles on the culture and they called them kandi kids. If I am introducing them in a book, should I put them in italics or quotes, or leave the term as-is? – Christopher Issac Dec 29 '17 at 0:08
  • An analogy for Kandi Kids would be Alt-Right which, when googled, has articles that capitalize it and articles that do not. – Christopher Issac Dec 29 '17 at 0:21
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Capitalization of groups and communities is open to different approaches. However once you have decided Kandi Kids is a proper noun, you should also capitalize all words referring to it - " The Kandi Kid community". This is just like the difference between democrat and Democrat.

A girl who is part of this should be a Kandi girl, implying that she is a girl (common noun) who is a member of the Kandi (proper noun) communit. However if you have decided that Kandi Girls is also the name of a specific community it is Kandi Girl, implying that she is a member of the Kandi Girl community.

  • Great answer. I suppose this is a matter of consistency and interpretation which reflects in the articles I'm finding on the subject. – Christopher Issac Dec 29 '17 at 6:49

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