Just writing my own definition for some words in my spare time.

I have come across definitions such as:


(Discriminating) Somebody fat

I just put an extremely simple definition there. But what I am worrying about is the casing. Which of the following would be correct?

(Discriminating) Somebody fat

(discriminating) Somebody fat

(Discriminating) somebody fat

(discriminating) somebody fat

Which one would be correct punctuation usage?

  • @Kris Whoops, sorry. That was an error. I just fixed that.
    – Zerium
    Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 10:25
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    I think the word you want is "deprecatory" or "disparaging" or "discriminatory" (= applying or favoring discrimination in treatment) rather than "discriminating" (= making a distinction : distinguishing [a discriminating mark] : discerning, judicious [discriminating buyers]). They may be listed as synonyms, but they're not fungible in this case.
    – user21497
    Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 11:26
  • possible duplicate of (I'm not sure) how to capitalize this sentence
    – yoozer8
    Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 12:54
  • @BillFranke It was just an example. I didn't actually use that.
    – Zerium
    Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 21:31

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I think none of the words requires capitalization.

(discriminating) somebody fat

If you are also providing an example sentence, that sentence may follow normal capitalization and punctuation.

BTW, the category would probably be (derogatory) and not as you stated.

(derogatory) somebody fat
"All the fatso could think of was food, food and more food."

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    This has the additional advantage that a person coming across the style for the first time would not be led to wonder whether fatso meant somebody fat or descriminating (against?) somebody fat. That is, whether 'discriminating' was a classifying comment-clause (which it is) or part of (one alternative of) the definition. Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 15:07
  • @EdwinAshworth To distinguish, some dictionaries reserve a special style (font-face, font-style, etc.) for the class descriptor.
    – Kris
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 3:58

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