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For those who missed the "Latin abbreviations" part of English class, a quick recap:

ETC. is short for "et cetera" meaning "and others"-- it's used at the end of a list to indicate that there are more items in the list than have been stated.

I.E. is short for "id est" meaning "that is"-- it's used before a list of things, or a single representative item, to clarify what's meant.

ETA:
E.G. is short for "exempli gratia" meaning "for example" and is also used before a list of things or a representative item, but it's more clearly just one/several of a class, not a restatement of the class definition.

So my peeve is this: Why do people use "etc." if it's not clear exactly what else might fit in the category? Tonight's offender is the store "Crafts Etc." and it makes me nuts. What exactly could a store sell that is NOT a craft product, but is in the same category as a craft product?
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Dear Discovery News,

Please hire another English major. It's obvious you need one.

Recent article: "Book Lets Blind 'Touch' the Cosmos"

Since the blind people are actually touching the book, though not actually touching the cosmos (except in a metaphorical sense), the correct title for this article should be "Book Lets Blind 'Touch the Cosmos'."

(For y'all across the pond, swap the single and double quotation marks with each other and put the full stop after the last set of quotes, then get your dudgeon on with me.)

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