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Means for example and is always followed by a comma. Not to be confused with i.e., the abbreviation for the Latin id est or that is, which is also always followed by a comma.

Earth, the earth

Generally lowercase:

  • She is down to earth.

Capitalize when used as the proper name of the planet.

  • The astronauts returned to Earth.
Eastside Project
Now the Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Partnerships for Community-Based Learning 


Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building

The full name of the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building should be used for all first references.

On subsequent reference, use either "building" or the full name, do not shorten to "Art and Art History Building" or "Dowd Building."

effect, affect

See affect, effect.

either, neither

When either and neither are subjects, they always take singular verbs:

  • Neither of them is available to speak right now.
  • Either of us is capable of doing the job.

Two singular subjects connected by either/or or neither/nor take a singular verb:

  • Neither Juan nor Ronnie is available.
  • Either Linda or Patti is helping today with the photo shoot.

When I is one of the two subjects connected by either/neither, put it second and follow it with the singular verb am.

  • Neither she nor I am going to the festival.

When a singular and plural subject are connected by either/or or neither/nor, put the plural subject last and use a plural verb.

  • Neither Diane nor the others are available.
El Camino Real

Use full street name in all instances, DO NOT SHORTEN to "El Camino."


 (...) See punctuation.


Acceptable in all references and does not take a hyphen. Lowercase email addresses. 

emerita, emeritae, emeriti, emeritus

An honorific bestowed on meritorious professors upon retirement, and does not automatically apply to all retired faculty.

The term can also be used to indicate former trustees or retired members of other important groups.

“Emeritus” is used for singular masculine and gender-neutral references. “Emeriti” is the masculine or gender-neutral plural. “Emerita” is the feminine singular, and “emeritae” is the feminine plural.

The word is always associated with the title, not the name, of a person. Example: Professor Emerita Jennifer Smith.

In the case that a group consists of both men and women, gender-neutral plural is preferred. Example: Trustees Emeriti.


Capitalize the titles of encyclicals and place within quotation marks. Use either English or Latin title, whichever the encyclical is more generally known as.

English title:

  • “The Progress of Peoples.”

Latin title:

  • “Human Vitae”
endowed chair/endowed professorship

Don?t capitalize these terms, but capitalize the name of the endowed chair.

  • Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Chair

Always use full chair title after a person's name. If used before identify as Professor.

  • Joe Smith, holder of the XYZ Professorship
  • NOT XYZ Professorship holder Joe Smith
  • Acceptable XYZ Professor Joe Smith

Always use chair title on first reference

  • On first reference: Professor Joe Smith, holder of the Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Chair, canceled class today.
  • OR Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Professor Joe Smith canceled class today.
  • On subsequent reference: Smith rescheduled class for tomorrow.

See chair.

Engh, Michael, S.J.

President of Santa Clara University. Engh acceptable on second reference. Use of his middle initial “E.” is preferred in official communication. Preferred first usage for press releases:

  • SCU President Michael E. Engh, S.J.
Eucharist, eucharistic

Capitalize Eucharist.

Lowercase eucharistic except as part of a formal title:

  • the International Eucharistic Congress
eucharistic minister
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