BBC story - capitalising bird names

Subject: BBC story - capitalising bird names
From: Chris Corben <>
Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2012 08:52:44 -0600
I haven't followed this thread, but I agree with David and would like to point out a consequence. Some bird journals have had a policy of not only using capitalisation for bird names, but also printing the names out in bold! Irrespective of how many sacred principles that might violate, you can be sure it made it MUCH easier to skim through a paper and find the things of interest! The idea is to communicate, and if that is aided through capitalisation and bolding, then it can only be good!

Cheers, Chris.

On 01/04/2012 12:13 AM, David James wrote:
Historically, English names, common names, vernacular names, of animals and plants have been considered to be common.nouns. This is apparent in any dictionary. However, it is entirely inconsistent that geographical locality names, corporation names and people names are accorded the respect of Proper Nouns and species names are not. ..."but surely the common names of orgnaisms are not propper nouns" only due to historical snobbery. David James,
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