I can understand why writers would get confused over Lord versus lord. Most of us have been brought up with religion as an important part of our childhood — no matter which religion it was, and of course, one always thought Lord.
If you stop to think about it, Lord is a proper noun, which means it’s capitalized. It specifically refers to an individual person. The Lord my God is, well, a person as most people think of him (her!). Lord Wellington is a specific person. My lords and ladies are not specific people. It’s a generic noun, which means lowercase.
You could consider this confusion a formatting issue as well as it’s a question of whether to capitalize or not. The post on capitalization could be useful for more examples.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|See God versus god for its particularities.|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Exclamation; Noun; Verb, transitive|
|A name for God or Christ
In the U.K.:
|Do apply capitalization rules if lord begins a sentence.
Used to express surprise, worry, or for emphasis
|Lord, what I done to offend thee?
Lord Wellington trounced Napoleon at Waterloo.
He is the Lord thy God.
The Duke of Chiswell’s youngest son is Lord Richard.
Are the Lords sitting today?
Oh lord, what have you done!
Lord, it’s hot!
There is someone at the door for you, my lord.
Jesus, he’s drunk as a lord.
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C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?