It’s not a title

A laureate is “one honored or awarded a prize for great achievements” (according to the American Heritage dictionary). A Nobel laureate is a person who has been awarded a Nobel Prize. A Nobel Laureate is  what that person is called by the grammatically challenged writers on the Yahoo! front page here:

and here:

The word laureate is not a title; it shouldn’t be capitalized, even when preceded by Nobel.

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