Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Weird English Rule Exception

 A student gave me a sentence that included the phrase, "the Rich did it to the poor."

Clearly “the Rich” is a proper noun, yet I almost never see it written this way.  Any guesses why?

1 comment:

  1. "Rich" is a fairly common nickname and surname, and capitalizing "the Rich" creates a clash - is it a reference to the class of wealthy people, or is it an odd form of reference to a person with a nickname or surname of "Rich"? That's my guess as to why "the rich" (the wealthy class) generally isn't capitalized.