Wednesday, February 23, 2005

E.g. vs. i.e.

Okay, let's go over this:

The abbreviation "e.g.", which stands for the Latin exempli gratia, means "for example". It's used when you want to give one or more examples. If you're introducing a list of examples with this abbreviation, you should not put "etc." at the end. ("Etc." stands for the Latin et cetera, meaning "and others in the same class" Just in case you were wondering.)

The abbreviation "i.e.", which stands for the Latin id est, means "that is". It's used when you're about to clarify the previous statement.

Each of these abbreviations is typically followed by a comma immediately after the second period, just as you'd put a comma after "for example" or "that is".

They do not mean the same thing. They are not interchangable.

Also, do not wear one of those blue dress shirts with a white collar, the ones that bankers wear. They make you look like an asshole.


Blogger Marlene said...

I have always wondered about "e.g." and "i.e.". Thanks for finally clearing that up for me. To be honest I didn't know there was a big difference between them, but I always used "e.g." because it made me think "egzample".

2/24/2005 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...


2/24/2005 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Shali said...

That's my pet peeve too! My current pet peeve is the huge bow on Penelope Cruz's ass on the Oscars.

2/27/2005 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

I didn't watch a single second of the Oscars. Award shows are also a pet peeve.

2/28/2005 12:50:00 AM  

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