Capitalization of mom/Mom

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I have a question regarding when it is appropriate to capitalize mom.  My 3rd grade daughter came home and told me that her teacher said that mom should not be capitalized in this sentence:

 

"We are going to Disneyland!" screamed mom.

 

My understanding is that mom should always be capitalized when it is used as a proper noun, referring to a specific person.  That appears to be the case in the above sentence.  If the sentence read ...screamed my mom...then I would understand why it is not capitalized because mom is not being used as a person's name.

 

Who is correct?  Is there an exception when the word mom is part of dialogue?

 

Thank you!

asked Feb 19 '13 at 21:57 Melissa New member

Thanks for the responses, everyone. I will probably say nothing to the teacher, although being a teacher myself, it will make me crazy to do so! I told my daughter to do it the teacher's way this year, and the correct way in the future. She's a new teacher, just starting midyear for a teacher who left, so I'll cut her some slack. :)

MelissaFeb 22 '13 at 14:17

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I agree!  Lewis has a good point.  My mom stood up for me with a teacher one time when I was in 6th grade.  It was a science question.  The teacher was wrong & Mom was right.  It is pretty hard to argue with science, but the teacher didn't budge.  My life in 6th grade didn't get any easier, either. 

 

It's a true story, and I also worked both "mom" and "Mom" into it. 

link comment answered Feb 19 '13 at 23:13 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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Yes, I agree with you and disagree with the teacher. Capitalize "mom" when it's a stand-in for the woman's name, as it is in your daughter's sentence.

link comment answered Feb 19 '13 at 22:07 Actually Holly Expert
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I agree with you and Holly. If it's a name, it's capitalized.

The problem is the teacher gives the grades, so be gentle.

link comment answered Feb 19 '13 at 22:24 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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You and everyone else here is right - the correct word would be 'Mom'. And it's also true that if you press the issue with the teacher, she may make it difficult for your daughter. Sad to say, but you're right to not make waves for your daughter's sake. It's sad that we have to overlook errors made by the people who are paid to teach our kids. Best of luck to you and your daughter!

 

'ding'

link comment answered Apr 17 at 01:13 Karen OKeefe Contributor

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