[LMB] late-series copy-editing/copyediting/copy editing,

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Thu Sep 17 00:12:39 BST 2015


> On Sep 16, 2015, at 4:43 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> 
>> LMB:  This is apparently not the case anymore (not to be confused with 
>> any more.)  So, "Mr. President?" said the reporter, but, "The president 
>> of the United States entered the room."
> 
> That's my understanding too- if it's referring to a particular general,
> it's "General Smith".  But you'd say: "The general sat at his desk."
> --

The idea of a word becoming a title (and capitalized) is an old one.    It applies to ranks such as king or even place names such as united.


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