Grammar Girl answers a reader question. (Hint: "First Amendment" is a proper noun)
Patrick C. asked:
"When discussing a specific amendment, does it gain proper noun status? For instance, is it the Fourteenth Amendment or the fourteenth amendment?"
Both the Chicago Manual of Style and the AP Stylebook say to capitalize names such as "First Amendment" and "Fourteenth Amendment."
The names of all acts, bills, laws, and amendments are capitalized:
My dad just signed up for Social Security.
I carry a copy of the Bill of Rights.
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