Is there any reason so many people abbreviate “etcetera” as “ect.”? [closed]

People do many strange things, such as spell “loose” (the opposite of tight) as “lose” (the opposite of win) – and even vice versa sometimes.

Another oddity is when they say “literally” when that is obviously not the case (“I literally died when I saw The Packers beat the Seahawks”).

But one that I almost consider a crime against humanity (I’m easily riled at times) is when they abbreviate “etcetera” as “ect.

What in the world are they saying in their mind when they write it that way — “ek-tettera”? “ess-tettera”? Or what? Is there some method to their madness, or is this just one of those things I have to grin and bear?

Answer

Unless you are their editor, or otherwise in a reasonable position to correct them — or unless they have requested feedback — you’re unlikely to be able to fix the problem. Grumble and move on.

(Personally, I think the best way to print this is to use the ligature: “&c.” But the people who write “ect.” would probably be completely baffled by this form.)

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Source : Link , Question Author : B. Clay Shannon , Answer Author : keshlam

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