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Is it acceptable to use Latin abbreviations such as "etc" and "e.g." in formal academic writings? Personally I think, they are. However, somewhere I read I should avoid them. Is it correct?

In general, are not Latin abbreviations more formal than "OK" or "&"?

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  • FWIW, the ampersand is just a stylized form of the Latin word 'et' – nohat Jul 13 '15 at 21:55
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    It is acceptable to use them correctly. – Vladimir Kornea Jul 13 '15 at 21:55
  • @Josh61 this question is more general than that one. – PHPst Jul 13 '15 at 22:04

I believe they're allowed, but should be used sparingly. This link explains it better than me: http://www.arcticllama.com/blog/writing-tips/grammar/etc-et-al-ap-style-writing/

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    I'd be careful taking advice from a website that thinks et cetera is one word. – deadrat Jul 14 '15 at 1:23

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