Discussion in 'English Only' started by nuggets12345, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. nuggets12345 Member

    Do you capitalize the word anniversary?
  2. perpend

    perpend Banned

    American English
    I do, nuggets.
  3. stez

    stez Senior Member

    english - australia
    I, however, don't.
  4. Language Hound Senior Member

    American English
    Please provide some context.
    Do you plan to use the word in a sentence? As part of a greeting?
    It is sometimes capitalized and sometimes not (most usually not I would say).
    Without context, impossible to say.
  5. Language Hound Senior Member

    American English
    Perpend, would you really write:
    I'm going to go shopping for an Anniversary gift.
    It's their second Anniversary.

    I would write Happy Anniversary!, but I certainly would not capitalize the "a" in the two sentences above.

    EDITED to add the following examples found online:

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, which first captivated audiences in 1965.

    Be it a wedding anniversary, milestone anniversary, corporate anniversary or love anniversary, these warm, cute and loving wishes will add...

    Trying to decide what to give your spouse on your anniversary? These gift suggestions are based on the traditional and modern anniversary gift lists.
  6. perpend

    perpend Banned

    American English
    I prefer it capped, color me crazy.

    I think "Anniversary" is special. You can google it to death, if you want to.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2015
  7. Language Hound Senior Member

    American English
    For the benefit of non-native English speakers who read these forums to improve their English,
    I think it is important to stress that, as she stated above, Perpend's capitalization of "anniversary"
    is a personal style choice and not something dictated by the rules of English grammar.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015
  8. perpend

    perpend Banned

    American English
    Rereading this, Language Hound is right---context would clear this up.
  9. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    It's a common noun; there's no justification for capping it—unless, as has been noted, it's part of a greeting (as Language Hound says in post #5).

    The same is true of birthday.
  10. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    And, as you can see, neither do either of the dictionaries used here on Word Reference. See anniversary

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