We provide fun, challenge and adventure to
over 400,000 girls and boys across the UK
a a a  A A
Disclosures Compass POL Print Centre

Style guide: E


earned rather than earnt. See past participles

Earth is capped up but the moon and the sun are not.

east Africa or east Asia as they are not clearly defined regions. East Anglia on the other hand... always check if the region is geographical or a Scout Region

Easter Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ

Easter Day (not Easter Sunday)


effect/affect see affect/effect

Eid al-Adha celebrates the end of the hajj, the pilgrimage season. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan, the fasting month. Note: Eid means festival so describing it as the ‘Eid festival’ is an unnecessary repetition.

Eire – do not use; say Republic of Ireland or Irish Republic

eg use for example instead if possible, see abbreviations


ellipsis: No space before but use one after. There is no need for a full stop. ‘East Anglia on the other hand... well, it does take capital letters.’

email is one word, no hyphen, with lower case e.

embarrass, embarrassment

emblem, the Scout It should be noted that the Scout emblem can be referred to as both an arrowhead and/or a fleur-de-lis.

e-communications, e-commerce, e-zine

ecohome, ecosystem, ecowarrior

enquiry or inquiry? Both are technically correct. American English uses inquiry only. Some newspapers are now choosing one or the other.

The general rule which is largely accepted is:

Use enquiry for an informal request for information. ‘I enquired as to how many beavers were in the colony.’ ‘We need to enquire about the facilities at the campsite.’

Use inquiry for formal investigations (the Hutton inquiry, commons committee inquiry). ‘There will need to be an inquiry into why a Cub was left unsupervised for so long.’

en route two words, no hyphen

en suite two words, no hyphen

ensure is to make certain, you insure against risk

epilepsy – ‘John has epilepsy’ he does not ‘suffer from epilepsy’ and is not ‘an epileptic’. See illness and conditions

ETA is capped up if you mean your estimated time of arrival. Do not write it as Eta as it is a Basque separatist group.

etc see abbreviations

Equal Opportunities Policy, the - upper case when referring to Scouting policy, lower case if outside Scouting

EU is the European Union, of which the UK is a member. Spell it out in its entirety the first time. This is an economic and political union of 27 independent countries.

The executive body of the EU is the European Commission. This is responsible for proposing legislation, treaties and the day-to-day running of the Union. It operates as a cabinet government and is made up of 27 commissioners, one from each member.

Commissioners are elected by the European Parliament. This is the directly-elected assembly which shares legislative responsibility with the Commission. The parliament is made up of the 700+ MEPs who are elected in local constituencies throughout Europe.

The eurozone is the collective term for the countries which have adopted the single European currency, the euro. The UK is not part of the eurozone.
euro (all lower case) is the European currency. If you are talking about the price of something in euros, use the currency symbol, € [Ctrl-Alt-4]. Plural is euros and cent: ‘A pint of Guinness in Dublin these days could set you back around four euros and 50 cent.’

Europe includes the UK so be careful of phrases where a Scout group is ‘going to Europe’ or saying that something is ‘common in Europe’. Phrases such as continental Europe, eastern Europe, central Europe can be employed here.

European Scout Committee

Event titles – use initial capitals for the main title, but not for subheadings which are separated by a colon and then lower case: Cub and Beaver Fundays: the adventure.

See also Personal titles, Publication/Resource titles, Headings and web page titles

every day is two words when it is an adverb meaning often. ‘I get up at 10am every day.’

everyday is one word when is it an adjective meaning ordinary. ‘Scouting promotes everyday adventure.’

exclamation marks – the bane of every editor. Do not use! There is nothing worse than reading ordinary sentences with exclamation marks at the end! Sometimes two!! The reader decides the importance of the sentence. If you feel you need lots of exclamation marks to make something stand out, you probably need to rewrite it.

Executive Committee - capitals, except when outside Scouting context

Explorer Scout or Explorers Individual members are referred to as Scouts whenever possible.

Explorer Scout Leader

Eyjafjallajökull – volcano in Iceland; the eruption of which allowed people to enjoy clear skies for a few weeks in 2010.



© Copyright The Scout Association 2019. All Rights Reserved.
Charity Numbers 306101 (England and Wales) and SC038437 (Scotland).
Registered address: The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, England E4 7QW