latinabbrevsCJR has a great post about some of the Latin abbreviations that we writers love to use when we either want to look smart or are tired of typing.

All of those expressions above—“i.e.,” “e.g.,” “et al.,” and “etc.”— are signals that you either are about to elaborate on something or expect the readers to understand that you are not being comprehensive. Each has a specific use, though people sometimes mix them up.

It’s a fantastic reminder since a lot of these can often get mixed up and misused.