Prince Charming: capitalised?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Hard-beat, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Hard-beat Senior Member

    Example: She's found her Prince Charming.

    Is it right to use capitals here?

    If so or if not, why?
  2. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    Yes, I think Charming should be capitalized. It stands as a name, not simply an adjective. Of course, Prince should be capitalized if it is part of a name, as in "Prince William" (but not in "William is a prince").
  3. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    A small addition to the Mole's post:

    We often refer metaphorically to people using names of well-known real and fictional characters. In addition to Prince Charming, one often sees, for example:

    Simon Legree (a slave driver)
    Benedict Arnold (traitor, at least from the U.S. perspective)

    And as above, yes they are capitalized.

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