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st: RE: RE: l. on st. (language on statalist)
> In the spirit of pendantry:
> Abbrev. Orig.Latin English
> i.e. id est that is
> q.v. quod vide which see
> ibid. ibidem in the same place
> ca. circa approximately
> et al. et alia and others
> re: in re in the matter of
> I've been collecting these things. My knowledge of Latin
> is almost nil :)
... or pedantry, as we pedants like to say.
et al. can mean (and usually does mean) either
et alii = and other men and et aliae = and other women.
et alia = and other things, appropriate if all your
co-authors are inanimate, as mine usually are before
the second coffee of the day. (The expression "inter alia"
may be in mind here.)
Fortunately, the abbreviation is exactly the same.
I once asked someone with a deeper knowledge of Latin
than I have what the correct Latin response would be
if there were a mix of male and female co-authors.
I recollect the answer as that one male is sufficient
to turn the whole set male...
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