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abominable snowman

My dictionary uses lower case for abominable snowman, but then tells me that it is often capitalized. OK. So why didn’t they go with the flow and capitalize it?

Besides, abominable snowman doesn’t make sense. Abominable Snowman does.

Is the dictionary telling me that there’s a snowman out there that is worthy of being hated (the definition of abominable)? Disliked, sure. But hated? I don’t think so. Despite having lived in Toronto, Canada all my life—or maybe because of it—I hate winter, but that’s something completely different. Given that we have to have winter, I’m good with snowmen.

Abominable Snowman is the name of a likely mythical creature, not a description of a sculpted figure made of snow. Adjectives modifying a noun don’t get capitalized, nor do the nouns they modify. Names do.

I’ve seen my share of snowmen. I admit that not every snowman is made with the greatest of skill and flair, but I’ve never seen one worthy of being hated, so I don’t think that’s what the dictionary meant.

And, concerning Abominable Snowman appearing in the dictionary, look back at the second sentence of the paragraph before the preceding one.  It says, “… a likely mythical creature …” Most rational people are skeptical about the existence of the Abominable Snowman. So what the hell is abominable snowman, or Abominable Snowman for that matter, doing in the dictionary?

If somebody comes up with conclusive proof of the Abominable Snowman—something more than an exceptionally grainy, easily faked photograph of something far away—then add Abominable Snowman to the dictionary in a future edition. I’m good with that. Otherwise, let’s keep it real and avoid likely mythical characters, shall we? If not, the next thing you know they’ll be including people from bible stories in the dictionary.

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