Grab Some Grammar: What is “etc.”?

I’ll be doing quick little posts on common grammatical errors, mispronunciations, or just plain bad english. This kind of knowledge gives you another advantage over your competition, making your speech, resumes, cover letters, and applications shine.

Here’s my tip for today:

What is etc.?

Etc. stands for the Latin et cetera, literally meaning, “and others.”

It’s not spelled ect. And it’s not pronounced “ed sedra.”

“Eht-seh-trah” or “et-setera” are appropriate, normal pronunciations. I don’t recommend overusing etc. in resumes and cover letters as it can seem vague (for example: “supervised staff, etc.”) but for some job descriptions it’s fine (“worked in kitchen doing dishwashing, food prep, general cleaning, etc.”) But when in doubt, leave it out. Also, etc. should always have a comma before it, as it always comes at the end of a list.

Now you know 🙂

photo credit: kevin dooley

2 thoughts on “Grab Some Grammar: What is “etc.”?

  1. > Also, etc. should always have a common before it, as it always comes at the end of a list.
    Did you mean “comma” instead of common?

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