The fol­low­ing is a read­er sub­mis­sion.

Wouldn’t you cap­i­tal­ize hus­band if in fact you were writ­ing and ref­er­enced your Hus­band? Using the word hus­band in place of his name. Just like when you would ref­er­ence your Mom or Dad. I thought per­son­al ref­er­ence should be added as the 4th rea­son to cap­i­tal­ize hus­band from your April 2017 blog post that I hap­pened to run across.


Hi, Rebec­ca.

Nor­mal­ly, you wouldn’t cap­i­tal­ize hus­band, even if you’re refer­ring to your hus­band. The only time I can think of when you would cap­i­tal­ize it is if you used “hus­band” as a form of address:

Hus­band, will you please lay out my red dress for me?”

The same goes for “mum” and “dad”. You would say, “Dad, may I go to the store?” but, “I asked my dad if I could go to the store.”

Hope­ful­ly that clears things up for you. :)

Email me your gram­mar ques­tions. I’ll be sure to post the ques­tion and answer here.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing and social media tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness. Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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