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WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Thu 17-Dec-15 23:47:35

Or an abbreviation?

It has appeared on a few threads...

Ect.

What is ect?

English is not my first language.

Please, somebody explain ect...?

Thanks.

BrushtheHeat Thu 17-Dec-15 23:49:36

It is a mistake. Often people write ect when they mean etc. Etc is short for etcetera, which is latin and roughly means, 'and so on...' smile

19lottie82 Thu 17-Dec-15 23:50:29

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_cetera smile

BrushtheHeat Thu 17-Dec-15 23:50:56

Or rather et cetera blush

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Thu 17-Dec-15 23:51:48

I think you mean "etc". Which basically means "and so on".

Using the example of clothes - trousers, skirts, cardigans etc.

theycallmemellojello Thu 17-Dec-15 23:53:57

Were you genuinely confused or just making some weird point? Why start a thread, just google it.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Thu 17-Dec-15 23:54:42

Ah. I know 'et cetera'

Shortened to etc.

Just a typo then? No a different word.

Thanks.

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Thu 17-Dec-15 23:55:40

Yes, just a typo

BrushtheHeat Thu 17-Dec-15 23:59:09

I doubt it theycall as when you google ect, you come.up with electro-convulsive therapy which context wise probably wouldn't fit with the threads that why will have seen it used on. Besides, it could be a Mumsnet thing and therefore not known outside so as to be google-able.

theycallmemellojello Fri 18-Dec-15 00:09:14

Hmm when I google it I get lots of hits saying it's a mistake for etc. it's not really an aibu anyway.

whatdoIget Fri 18-Dec-15 00:21:41

I just googled it and the first 2 pages of results were all about electroconvulsive therapy confused

BrushtheHeat Fri 18-Dec-15 08:52:36

Me too what
I don't think starting threads asking for clarification on unfamiliar words in your second language is any weirder than lurking on aibu and questioning people's motives, they

Why would you jump to the conclusion that the op is making some sort of point?

MontyYouTerribleCunt Fri 18-Dec-15 08:55:36

I don't think starting threads asking for clarification on unfamiliar words in your second language is any weirder than lurking on aibu and questioning people's motives

^^Yep! And yet, it seems to be what a lot of MNers seem to enjoy. confused

LurkingHusband Fri 18-Dec-15 08:56:09

From the Latin et = "and" cetera = "the others".

Sometimes written as &c (or is that more a US thing ?).

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