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Phrase of the Month: Et Cetera
March 3, 2016, 18:41
Filed under: Words of the Months

Etymology:  ‘[F]rom Latin et cetera, literally “and the others,” from et “and” + neuter plural of ceterus “the other, [the] other part, that which remains.”‘ -Online Etymology Dictionary

Definition: And the rest; and so on.

Commonly abbreviated as etc. or &c.

This phrase is one of the many Latin elements which permeate our language. Its usage, however, renders it distinctly prosaic and easily overlooked.

I don’t have anything else to say about this phrase.

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