I am not sure what I am specifically asking for, Basically I'd like to get a list of these special expressions, from you, because I can't seem to find one. NOT ASKING ABOUT THE USAGE of these that I mentioned here, I want to get a list of the expressions that are used in English, despite their lack of grammatical sense, (because they're not English)



in explicit, or other stuff like that - that has not much of a direct meaning, but has some symbolic or historical values?

  • Possible duplicate of Should I always use a comma after "e.g." or "i.e."?
    – rajah9
    Oct 27, 2019 at 11:27
  • @rajah9 I think they're asking for other Latin abbreviations, not necessarily usage tips on e.g. and i.e.?
    – Jackalope
    Oct 27, 2019 at 11:28
  • Welcome to English Language & Usage. I.e. stands for id est in Latin, meaning “that is." E.g. stands for exempli gratia in Latin, meaning “for example”.
    – rajah9
    Oct 27, 2019 at 11:30
  • Agreed, @Jaekelopterus, but we also ask for some basic research from the OP.
    – rajah9
    Oct 27, 2019 at 11:32
  • @rajah9 I am not asking about what these two mean, I gave them as an example of expressions that are used in a manner that the expressions I want to get a list of, but can't better express them than by giving these reference examples. Oct 27, 2019 at 11:44

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Some common abbreviations in English which are of Latin origin include:

  1. etc (Et cetera)
  2. AD (anno domini)
  3. a.i. (ad interim)
  4. et al (et alii)
  5. per cent (per centum)
  6. vs (versus)
  7. am (ante meridiem)
  8. pm (post meridiem)
  9. N.B. (nota bene)

See this link, this one, or this one for more.


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