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Jacob's ladder is an activity with a capital 'J' as it is a proper noun

jail not gaol

jamboree is an international gathering of Scouts. There is no need to capitalise unless referring to a specific event, eg 'Jamboree on the Air', 'Essex International Jamboree'.

Jamboree on the Air – write in full the first time with the abbreviation JOTA in brackets. The abbreviation alone will suffice after that. Note: no hyphens.

Jamboree on the Internet – write in full the first time with the abbreviation JOTI in brackets. The abbreviation alone will suffice after that. Note: no hyphens.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jet Ski is a trade name, although it is now an accepted verb for the activity. Use upper case when using as a noun: ‘We hired two Jet Skis for the day’ and lower case as a verb: ‘We decided to jet ski to the island.’

Job – we never refer to a volunteer appointment as 'job'. Only use 'role' or 'position'.

Job titles outside of Scouting do not take initial caps: chief executive of Sainsbury’s, communications officer at ShelterBox, prime minister of the UK, bus driver at Arriva, graphic designer at Shortlist.

This is different for Scouting roles, both for volunteers and staff, where we use initial capitals: Regional Commissioner, Programme and Development Adviser, County Commissioner, Adult Support Adviser, District Commissioner, Marketing Executive, Cub Scout Leader, Internal Communications Manager, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader, Line Manager.

Joining In Award – no hyphen

joining lists is quite an insular term; waiting lists is better

judgment, judgment call

just deserts
 
JustGiving is the name of the charity fundraising website


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