Re: QUERY: Capitalize Baby Boomer?

Subject: Re: QUERY: Capitalize Baby Boomer?
From: bgranat -at- att -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001 15:16:20 +0000

> Is it correct to capitalize "baby boomer" in this context:
> This critical need is expected to be exacerbated by the retirement of the
> Baby Boomer generation, a smaller candidate pool, and fierce competition
> with private industry in recruiting talented individuals.

Just as we must capitalize "Web" when we are
using the nickname of the World Wide Web,
we must capitalize Baby Boomer when we are
using it as a name. If you've ever heard of
"the Lost Generation", then you've seen a
similar usage.

Without capitalizing "Baby Boomer", you have a common
noun, "baby", that is modified by the adjective "boomer",
which means "one who booms" (whatever that means).
Because the term makes no sense as a common noun and
adjective, that is, because "one who booms a baby" makes
no sense, you must treat the term as a name.

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