Ect IS NOT Etc

ECT may be an abbreviation for many things but it certainly is not and abbreviation for et cetera, as far too many people erroneousy think and use it.

I know that there are people in this world who may be less-than-perfect spellers, BUT, come on, how can any thinking person confuse ect with etc which stands for et cetera????

The very first word in the two word latin phrase is et! The second word cetera, as you can plainly see, starts with the letter “c” — seems rather obvious to me that all one needs do is to just simply use the first three letters of the two latin word phrase to get the abbreviation of etc. For goodness sakes, people when you speak the phrase, the noise of the very first syllable coming out of your mouth is pronounced et, with a ‘small’ “e” in the English language.

Is it any wonder that a German person who speaks English over at struggles with using the correct spelling of the abbreviation for et cetera???

I say, if you do not really and truly know the phrase of which I scribe today or any other phrases and words, do not attempt to impress others by using this phrase or the other phrases and words that you really do not know.


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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2 Responses to Ect IS NOT Etc

  1. Dave Zawodny says:

    Mi Amigo,
    From now on, you are my “go to” guy when I need to ax a question about the Engrish language 😉

    But then, I hardly ever need that kind of help, Engrish being my native tongue 🙂

    It would be a different matter if I spoke Merkin though…


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