Talk:Thoroughbred

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Purported adjective with this capitalization. Seems more likely that usage is interpretable as attributive use of the noun. DCDuring TALK 23:30, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Deleted adjective sense. --EncycloPetey 21:11, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

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Rfv-sense: First cousins who are related on both sides. Besides needing to be rewritten if valid, I can't find this sense in OneLook references. DCDuring TALK 23:27, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

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Thoroughbred

I have looked at the Wikipedia article, but I'm a bit dubious. is Thoroughbred really a breed? I would only use the uncapitalised form. Donnanz (talk) 11:18, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

The Sport of Kings takes itself rather seriously, and the capitalised version is the normal one, as a quick visit to the UK Jockey Club website and the US Jockey Club website will attest.--KTo288 (talk) 22:23, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
Regarding the definition: yes, this does refer to a specific breed. The citations at google books:"the thoroughbred breed" seem sufficiently unambiguous.
Regarding the capitalization: I will lemmatize the form which is most common, which is the lowercase form. The arguments for and against capitalizing the names of birds, horses, etc have been laid out over on Wikipedia, and boil down to: specialist sources often capitalize and speak of Bald Eagles, Red[-| ][T|t]ailed Hawks, Thoroughbreds, etc, but general usage is of the lowercase forms. We've always lemmatized the lowercase forms of birds' names (and after a heated debate, WP now does too), and perusing Category:en:Horses I see we already lowercase most of them, too. - -sche (discuss) 04:43, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
I think the idea is that we presume the lowercase form to be the more common one, but that presumption can be rebutted by good-quality frequency evidence, such as Google N-grams might yield. DCDuring TALK 05:16, 27 July 2015 (UTC)