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Re: Capitals :

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2022 7:50 am
by Joe
Is batman a rank?

Re: Capitals :

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:02 pm
by Joe
My own feeling is that this is a matter of style and convention rather than grammar or "correct usage".

Generally there is no need, for example, to capitalise prime minister unless it refers to a specific prime minister:

He observed that Prime Minister Truss was the Queen's sixteenth prime minister. :ok:
How many queens has the UK had? :ok:
Is it true that President Biden is the oldest US president? :ok:

And this (opinion) just in from an ex-serviceman friend and writer:

The sergeants of the Household Division, or captains in the British Army in the Napoleonic era, where they are being referred to generally... :ok:
And to answer your actual question, it just does not sound right to be Batman. He would be 'Private White, batman to Captain Black'.

Re: Capitals :

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:10 pm
by Joe
To style and convention I would add context. So things might depend, for example, on your readership (if they are used to a particular style of a given regiment).