Welcome, Kchinger! I hope someone from the Welcoming Comittiee will be along shortly. In the meantime, please feel free to drop me a message on my talk page is I can be of any help to you. In other news., someone has already reverted your setting of "navy" in upper-case. A number of us have no lives and take that very seriously. Go figure. Paul, in Saudi (talk) 10:05, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
- I see no lack of clarity in the Manual of Style. If you see it, add your concerns to the talk page. In any case, English does not capitalize common nouns. Without an identifier, "navy," "air force" and "coast guard" are all common nouns. I understand that we are talking about one particular navy, but unless you add some sort of identifier, it is by definition a common noun. In any case, welcome aboard. I do sincerely offer my help to you in any way I can. Paul, in Saudi (talk) 13:23, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
Welcome to Wikipedia! Here's a copy of what I just wrote on another talk page:
- Kchinger is absolutely right.
- When the word navy refers to a specific navy, such as the US Navy or the Royal Navy, then the word navy becomes a proper noun (rather than a common noun) and therefore is correctly typed, printed, or written as Navy with an uppercase N – even where the adjectival prefix US is omitted.
- An omission of the modifier US does not change the need to capitalize Navy – as long as Navy refers to a specific navy.
- Best wishes to all from a former Naval officer and a submariner forever,
- DocRushing (talk) 14:34, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
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