Online style guide

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earn, earned Link to this term

we still say 'hard-earned cash', not hard-earnt

earring Link to this term
Earth Link to this term

when in planetary context: the Earth goes round the Sun. But lower case in why on earth would you say that?

eastern Europe Link to this term
eBay Link to this term
eco lodge Link to this term
eco resort Link to this term
ecotourism Link to this term
effect, affect Link to this term

his nagging had no effect whatsoever. Wait for the drug to take effect. But that change will affect a lot of people.

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eg Link to this term

for example ... no punctuation

either ... or, neither ... nor Link to this term

We have to choose either the pink or the blue. We ended up with neither the pink nor the blue. But be careful of stray 'nor's, as in *'We don't like the pink nor the blue.' It should be 'We don't like the pink or the blue,' or 'we like neither the pink nor the blue.'

eke, eked Link to this term

eke out a living ... not eek!

elicit Link to this term

means to draw out ... illicit is unlawful

Eliot, TS Link to this term
ellipsis ... Link to this term

three dots only...and even at the end of a sentence, no closing full stop is needed... Punctuation marks are set in stone and shouldn't be messed with. Some people type two, five, six or more dots, and this kind of free expression has no place on a grown-up website. Note that an ellipsis with one letter space either side indicates missing text in a quotation.

elude Link to this term

escape, avoid (allude to means to refer to indirectly)

elusive, illusive Link to this term

elusive describes something that is hard to catch hold of. Illusive, or illusory, describes something that might cause an illusion or a deception.

email Link to this term

no hyphen. But e-book, e-business, e-commerce, e-shares, e-shopping, e-zine

embarrass, embarrassment, embarrassing Link to this term
emend Link to this term

take out errors, edit (amend is to improve)

emigrate Link to this term

to leave one country and travel to another where you will live permanently. To immigrate is to arrive in one country from another.

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empathic, empathetic Link to this term

are both used to describe someone who can empathise, but empathic is preferred

en masse Link to this term

not 'the teachers will stop work *on mass'. We still use the French term to mean together, in a large body...

enamoured of Link to this term

not with or by

encyclopedia Link to this term
England Link to this term

does not include Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Use UK or United Kingdom to refer to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as a whole. Great Britain includes only England, Scotland and Wales.

enquiry Link to this term

seeking information (inquiry is a more formal investigation into something)

enrol, enrolling, enrolment Link to this term
ensure Link to this term

make certain; insure against risk, assure your life

envelop (verb), envelope (noun) Link to this term
epileptic Link to this term

should be used only to name the seizure; a person 'has epilepsy'.

EPO (erythropoietin) Link to this term

performance-enhancing drug

equable Link to this term

even-tempered ... equitable is fair or just

equally good Link to this term

not 'equally as good'

equator Link to this term
equitable Link to this term

fair ... equable means even-tempered

ersatz Link to this term

serving as a substitute [Macquarie] not erzats

erythropoletin (EPO) Link to this term

performance-enhancing drug

Esky Link to this term

trademark, so capitalise

etc Link to this term

no punctuation and, if spelled out: et cetera

eulogy Link to this term

a tribute (elegy is a sad poem)

euro Link to this term

European Union's official currency. The symbol € can be achieved in MS Word by choosing 'Insert/symbol' from the main menu bar.

eurozone Link to this term

lower case because it refers to the currency, not the European Union

even-handed, even-handedness Link to this term
every day, everyday Link to this term

I go there every day ... but it is an everyday occurrence

evocative Link to this term

tending to evoke feelings or memories of something, so you need to say what. For example, I find a certain type of pipe tobacco evocative of my grandfather.

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evoke Link to this term

call forth, inspire ... (invoke is to call upon or appeal to a deity, or the law)

expatriate, expat Link to this term

someone who lives outside their native country. An 'ex-patriot' is someone who used to be patriotic but isn't any more—not necessarily the same thing.

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expel Link to this term

expel, expelled, expelling

extrovert Link to this term
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