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Capitalize nicknames, not terms of endearment...
or at least be consistent. And a poem...
"If I call you baby in my dreams,
will you be my love, my darling?
If I say I love you in my sleep,
will you return the love and
call me baby, too?
Reach into my soul, my love.
It is there where you will find
my undying love for you."
Yes, I wrote this little poem. It just seemed to flow as I was trying to show an example of how you shouldn't capitalize terms of endearment.
From Chicago Manual of Style, it isn't addressed in the current edition; however, this is from their online forum on capitalization:
Question: "Are terms of endearment capped when used as a form of address, for example, in “Bring me my shoes, Precious” or “Turn off the TV, Darling”? I believe this used to be a rule, but with the trend toward “down” styling, most editors perhaps have thrown it out."
Answer: "Chicago’s preferred style has always been to lowercase pet names, but you can’t go wrong unless you’re inconsistent, since the issue is guided by preference rather than rule. Please see section 8.39 of the 15th edition. (The issue is not addressed in the 16th.)"
More here from Grammar Girl: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/are-nicknames-capitalized
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