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squirbel's avatar

When is "president" capitalized?

Asked by squirbel (4202points) April 19th, 2009

I thought it was anytime the person was referred to, whether or not their name followed it. That’s what I learned in grammar school.

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Jeruba's avatar

When it is used with the person’s name, as a title: President Obama, Queen Elizabeth, Mayor Newsom, Senator Kennedy, etc. It’s a common noun otherwise: the president, the queen, the mayor, the senator.

MrItty's avatar

I believe it’s any time you’re referring to a specific person. If the paragraph you’re writing is talking about President Barack Obama, and in one sentence you refer to him as “The President”, it’s capitalized. If you’re takling about geopolitics, and refer to “the president of some country”, it is not.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

When referencing the position of President on the United States, President is always capitalized in American english.

squirbel's avatar

I’ve noticed a distinct slack of this rule in journalism and it irks me.

MrItty's avatar

I’ve noticed a distinct slack of journalism in journalism….

KalWest's avatar

@MrItty
what’s “journalism?”

Fabuladico's avatar

Journalism has changed over the years. Generally, a journalist keeps a journal of events. In the case of what we call journalists, they supposedly write down the events and print them for the world to see. They are reporters, reporting events. Although these events are supposed to be reported as simply the facts, who, what, when, where, and how, and without comment or opinion, these days journalists tend to sensationalize and pepper their reports with a decidedly opinionated slant. Hopefully someday, journalists will return to the roots of their profession and simply report the facts.

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