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common nouns vs. proper nouns

Nouns fall into one of two broad categories: common nouns and proper nouns.
All nouns serve to name a person, place, or thing. Those that identify general people, places, or things are called common nouns—they name that which is common among others. Proper nouns, on the other hand, are used to identify an absolutely unique person, place, or thing. A proper noun names someone or something that is one of a kind, which is signified by the use of a capital letter, no matter where it appears in a sentence.
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proper noun

n.
A noun belonging to the class of words used as names for unique individuals, events, or places. Also called proper name.
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proper noun

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proper name

n
(Grammar) the name of a person, place, or object, as for example Iceland, Patrick, or Uranus. Compare common noun
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prop′er noun′


n.
a noun that designates a particular person, place, or thing, is not normally preceded by an article or other limiting modifier, and is usu. capitalized in English, as Lincoln, Beth, Pittsburgh. Also called prop′er name′. Compare common noun.
[1490–1500]
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proper noun

A noun that is the name of a person, thing, place, or event, such as “Anna” or “France.”
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proper noun - a noun that denotes a particular thing; usually capitalized
noun - a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
common noun - a noun that denotes any or all members of a class
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Translations
vlastní jméno
egennavnproprium
erisnimipropri
tulajdonnév
固有名詞
egennamn

proper noun

nnome m proprio
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It's the first time that a name, or proper noun, has won word of the year in either the children's or adult categories.
Guignol in French denotes both "hand puppet" and, as a proper noun, the leading character in a tradition of children's puppet theater, but aside from the uniformity of repertoire there was nothing puppet-like about the Grand-Guignol.
In every other instance where Arabic words are transliterated, the definite marker "el" or "al" is capitalized, and then it is either a separate word from the proper noun or it is connected to the proper noun by a hyphen: Al Jazeera; al-Qaeda; El Alamein, the World War Two battle-site; El-Kachef, the last name of ElBaradei's wife.
'Arctic' (like other words ending in '-ic') is in origin an adjective--but an adjective derived from a proper noun. Of course, it is also much used as a proper noun, 'the Arctic' being the expression we use to refer to the region of the far north, and it is appropriately capitalized in that use.
Since it's a new initiative, we're treating it as a proper noun, so the V, S and E get capitalized.
Although in the majority of cases black is used as a proper noun, referring to the collective culture, history, way of life, and spiritual/political foundations of a people, and used synonymously with African, Caribbean, Yoruba, et al., it is not capitalized.
Note that, although find is used as a proper noun in the example given, this doesn't change the problem we're addressing.
"With multiple owners, first make the proper noun plural by adding 's' (or 'es' to names that already end in 's') and then an apostrophe: the Bennetts' house, the Smiths' house, the Williamses' house, the Joneses' house.
The extra AEPRS words are from Darryl Francis' list of twenty (79-172), including a proper noun. Combine his other 19 with 20 OED words from Jeff Grant's amazing 86 for AERST (06-228) for
Internet is no more a proper noun that is telegraph or telephone or radio.
I know this is silly, but part of the name of the program is a proper noun I wanted to play with.
My loyal reader countered that the internet is a proper noun

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