Want to know what to give Mom this Mother’s Day? How about starting with a capital letter and avoiding this mistake on yahoo.com:
There seems to be some confusion at Yahoo! when it comes to words like mother, mom, father, and dad. When should they be capitalized and when are they just a common noun? Here’s a simple answer: If it’s preceded by an adjective (including the articles a and the), it’s a common noun:
- My mother is the best cook.
- I’ve always said that Mom is the best cook.
- A father is special man.
- When Father came home, I jumped up from the chair.