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Charlie97 Fri 22-Jul-16 19:24:13

Etc or ect?

I think it's etc, but so often see ect!

Opinions please? smile

katiegg Fri 22-Jul-16 19:25:20

etc. French et cetera I think, meaning 'and so on'.

Fooshufflewickbannanapants Fri 22-Jul-16 19:25:46


MaisieDotes Fri 22-Jul-16 19:26:39

Et cetera


WellErrr Fri 22-Jul-16 19:27:22

Et cetera.

So 'etc.'

Ect pisses me right off, especially on supposedly official documents.

RaeSkywalker Fri 22-Jul-16 19:28:29

Etc!!! Etc!!!

wowfudge Fri 22-Jul-16 19:29:05

Yep - etc. It's Latin.

WhatTheActualFugg Fri 22-Jul-16 19:29:39

Who on earth would use ect?!

MrsHathaway Fri 22-Jul-16 19:41:11

Ect upsets me. But then I'm a linguistics wanker and incorrigible pedant.

If you've done any French or Latin at all then you can remember that "et" means "and". In old novels it's often spelt "&c".

I find things are easier to spell if I know why they're spelt that way. I struggle with occasion and liaise because I haven't worked out the rule - thank goodness for autocorrect and spell check.

MaisieDotes Fri 22-Jul-16 19:41:53

Loads of MNers fugg.

I'm surprised you haven't seen it.

freetrampolineforall Fri 22-Jul-16 19:43:37

Ect is a spelling mistake at best. Even my autocorrect wanted it to be etc.

fuckyoucanceryoucuntingknob Fri 22-Jul-16 19:44:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Binkermum29 Fri 22-Jul-16 19:45:20

Nigel Molesworth always uses ect in his ramblings.
But that dates me.

Hrafnkel Fri 22-Jul-16 19:45:48

I think people often get mixed up with this when young and learning to speak/write/widen vocabulary, as the letter combination 'ect' is found in English, but 'etc ' isn't, so it feels more natural to say and therefore write.

MaisieDotes Fri 22-Jul-16 19:46:08

Also- it's etc.

Not etc

There's a full stop at the end. Although I'm happy to be corrected on that if etc is also correct.

Hrafnkel Fri 22-Jul-16 19:46:17

Letter combination = consonant cluster.

EsmeraldaEllaBella Fri 22-Jul-16 19:48:46

Oh gawd thanks op, I was going to start a thread on this myself. Seen so many mn'ers using ect it really makes me cringe!!!!

BringingYoniBack Fri 22-Jul-16 19:50:37

Ect = electroconvulsive therapy.

So yeah.

Footle Fri 22-Jul-16 19:51:14

Yes Latin , et = and. Cetera = the rest.

acasualobserver Fri 22-Jul-16 19:51:35

ECT stands for Electro Convulsive Therapy.

oxcat1 Fri 22-Jul-16 20:11:23

Maisie: I'm with you on the full stop.

I thought that was used when the letters omitted included some past the final one included (!), so, for example, a full stop is needed for 'etc.' as the full word is 'et cetera' - do there are five further letters after the last one included in the abbreviation, unlike 'Dr' for example, which has no full stop as the last letter of the full word 'd*octo*r' is included in the abbreviation.

I think that's what I thought!

WhatTheActualFugg Fri 22-Jul-16 20:21:41

I think in 2016 is fair to leave off the .

Just like 2 spaces for a new sentence is no longer required- even deemed incorrect in some circles. Something to do with the deign of modern typeface.

Maisie I've clearly been hanging out in the wrong threads. Or perhaps just not looking properly.

This is why Latin should be a compulsory subject in the national curriculum. IMHO.

My DH once accidentally called his younger co-worker an imbecile because she couldn't understand why so many people were making the same typo - using an M in a well known industry term for a thousand of something. She kept using a T. My DH isn't that old and went to a pretty ropey state high school but he was just shockconfused at her ignorance. Poor love. Wasn't her fault.

Charlie97 Fri 22-Jul-16 20:49:59

Phew.....but I do see lots of ect!

Charlie97 Fri 22-Jul-16 20:50:59

And yes I do agree it's strictly etc.


MadameJosephine Sat 23-Jul-16 19:43:52

My autocorrect corrects to etc (doesn't all the full stop though) so you would have to deliberately spell it incorrectly confused

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