Scott Hardie | November 27, 2010
This may be the most trivial conversation in a while, but I'm curious: Am I the only person who pronounces etc as "e t c" and not as "et cetera" when saying it aloud? I only do it sometimes, but I was recently made fun for it. I can't believe I'm the only one - even if it's incorrect to do so, other people must have the same bad habit. You don't hear people pronounce ie as "id est" or ad or "anno domini," but for some reason not saying etc as "et cetera" is worthy of mockery. Am I alone here?

Tony Peters | November 27, 2010
et cetera et cetera et cetera..........

Steve West | November 27, 2010
Hmmm... maybe. Although I find myself mimicing the King of Siam occasionally when saying it.

Kelly Hardie | November 27, 2010

Erik Bates | November 29, 2010
I occasionally say "e t c".

Personally, I don't see why it's abbreviated as "etc" in the first place. We don't abbreviate "id est" as "ide" or "anno domini" as "and". So why abbreviate "et cetera" as "etc" and not just "ec" as seems to be the convention with all these other crazy latin phrases?

Jackie Mason | November 30, 2010
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Tony Peters | November 30, 2010
LOL Jackie I was watching Willy Wonka when I first read this thread hence my answer

as far as abbreviations go they annoy me, I spent too much time dealing with them in the military and would prefer to deal with real words if at all possible

Lori Lancaster | December 1, 2010
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