Do we capitalise eras and epochs? I have seen a lot of inconsistency in usage when using the quotation mark search method on Google to find phrases in usage across a multitude of sources. My main question refers to the ‘digital age’, which has become an accepted epochal term for one side of the contemporary era we are currently in.

Thank you.

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    English has never been particularly consistent on capitalising nouns. My feeling is that if the word or phrase is a name (a proper noun) or generally recognised as such, then it should be capitalised. -- The New Fowler's Modern English Usage gives: Capital initials should be used for: […] 3 Proper names of periods of time: Bronze Age, Stone Age, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance; First World War, Second World War, or World War I, II, but the 1914-18 war, the 1939-45 war. – Greybeard Apr 7 '20 at 20:38

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