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I recently realized that my capitalization instincts have a few glaring gaps. I tend to over-capitalize, thanks to a surfeit of Tolkien and Emily Dickinson at a young age.

While transcribing the script FFX, I finally realized I'd been screwing up capitalization (or lack thereof) of game slang. These quotes are copied right off the screen:

A guardian is someone a summoner can rely on.
"But when a summoner beckons, the souls of the fayth emerge once again. That's what we call an aeon."
"Maester Seymour. Let me show you to the command center."
"I am Seymour Guado. I am honored to receive the title of maester."
"And I, Seymour Guado -- the person, not the maester of Yevon... As a denizen of Spira, I wish them well in their endeavor."
"The teachings of Yevon must be upheld."

Game terms like fayth are capitalizated only when used in room names, before personal names as titles, and for names of official organizations. Titles of address have always confused me, because of a few exceptions.

"That's Wen Kinoc, one of the Four Maesters of Yevon."
"Bevelle Palace is temple. Yuna go to one place only." "The Chamber of the Fayth!"
"Excuse me...Maester Seymour? Why is your Lordship... presently...present here...sir?"
"Yes, Your Grace?"
"Yes, ma'am! Apologies, ma'am!"
"It is an honor, my lady."

I've double-checked the above examples against a a good online manual of style. I've found the subtitles of FFX are amazingly well-edited.

Last note to self:
USS Enterprise

I may now re-don my society badge. I was a founding member, but my credentials have sometimes been called into question.
 
 

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muggy_mountain
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
"Your Grace" but "your Lordship" and "my lady"?

Fffff. I wouldn't be catching that. Manual of styles can eat it. Unless I'm being paid to edit.

/is shot
auronlu
Nov. 25th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
I'm dubious about "your Lordship," actually. I couldn't find a reliable-looking manual of style that covered "my lady", but apparently "sir" and "ma'am" aren't capitalized, so maybe words that are practically pronouns -- generic terms for male and female -- aren't capitalized, whereas words that refer to specific ranks and stations (Majesty, Grace) are, when used in direct address.

What you said fits me too -- I've picked up almost all the grammar I 85% by instinct, 10% by imitation (hence my Tolkienisms), and about 5% what I learned in school, almost all of that through Latin class. That gave me a better sense of parts of speech, indirect clauses, etc, but it taught me nothing whatsoever about punctuation, since Latin poetry barely uses any!

I hate manuals of style with a burning hate, but they make my life easier when I finally decide I'm tired of going on gut instinct and want to be consistent. I've had to follow MLA for a couple years in grad school, and it's made me slightly more careful. Slightly.

On the other hand, ever since high school, I've prided myself on turning out fairly well-edited work, and I had an arrogant habit of turning in research papers I had neither proofread nor spell-checked. I had an AP English teacher who gave us a quiz every Friday by giving us a topic and thirty minutes to churn out a 10-page well-structured essay. We didn't have time to proofread or revise, and every spelling or punctuation mistake knocked a point off our final grade. She taught me to do it right the first time and not look back.

I make more mistakes now than I did then because I've gotten used to being able to edit. But I'm grateful for that, and for many years of playing on an online, text-based RPG with good writers. In a realtime RPG, you're writing as fast as you can think and then hit return. It's like IM, except it has to be as readable as fiction. All text-based roleplay is dialog and character interaction, with occasional plot provided by a GM, which explains my strengths and weaknesses!

Edited at 2008-11-25 05:22 am (UTC)
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