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Commentary: Fanfare for the common noun

Friedrich Trump, the sickly barber who fled military service in Germany to run restaurant-brothels during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, might have used them.

Friedrich's father, Christian Johannes Trump, who stayed in Bavaria, almost definitely did.

And Friedrich's grandson - currently of Washington, D.C. - uses them too, subject to presidential whim. When you're a star, they let you do it.

I'm talking about initial capital letters for nouns. In German, all nouns - proper and common - are capitalized.

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