Some people involved in domination and submission relationships, or wanting to be involved, believe that it is incorrect to capitalise personal pronouns for a submissive, especially a slave. Similarly, they believe that all personal pronouns must be capitalised for a dominant, especially a master. These rules are sometimes applied at the beginning of a sentence but not by all who write in this way. The rules may or may not be applied on reflexive pronouns, probably depending on the grammatical knowledge of the person writing. Nouns recognised as being connected with submissiveness or dominance are also treated accordingly, hence 'D/S' (domination and submission, or dominant and submissive) becomes 'D/s'.
- For example
- "Through D/s W/we have dedicated O/our lives to E/each other."
This is not a universal belief nor requirement and there are many who believe that the practice of distorting the rules of English language in this way is silly and distracting. The largest issue is around the capitalisation of plural personal pronouns where part of the plural referred to is dominant and part is submissive. In this instance, the case of the word is 'slashed', with the dominant upper-case being first, followed by a slash and the submissive lower-case beginning the word.
- Standard English
- My partner is everything to me.
- From slave, about owner
- my Master is everything to me.
- From owner, about slave
- My slave is everything to Me.
- From many slaves about their owners
- our Masters are everything to us.
- From many masters about their slaves
- Our slaves are everything to Us.
- About masters and slaves, mixed
- T/their P/partners are everything to T/them.
This encyclopaedia only capitalises a pronoun at the beginning of a sentence in main topics but does not determine how people write their personal experiences.