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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:11:52 AM

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My friend told me that




...thinking about the use of 'etc'....sounds correct to me. Dancing

What's your opinion dear friends?

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
TMe
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:21:53 AM

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No, No, No Aj, I feel....its "End of Thinking Capability'.

I am a layman.
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Orson Burleigh
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...thinking about the use of 'etc'....sounds correct to me. Dancing

What's your opinion dear friends?[/quote]
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ETC - Think perhaps this contraction of et cetera ought to be seen as an invitation : exit to cogitate. A thoughtful reader might well use 'etc' as an excuse to take a minute or two to consider the writer's intent.

In some cases the use of etc (et cetera = and the other things) is merely a space saving device used by a writer who assumes (consciously or not) that his readers will envision approximately the same list of 'other things.'

In other cases a writer who uses etc may be intentionally prescribing a list of other things, a list of values or viewpoints which the writer is endeavoring to imply must be shared by readers who are appropriately educated and properly socialized. In such a case, readers who are unaware of the implied proper list of other things might vaguely sense that they are somehow excluded from some select group. Readers who knowingly don't subscribe to the attitudes upon which that approved list of other things is based, will be acutely aware that they are intentionally ostracized by that company of right-thinking people.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:50:34 PM

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There's nothing intrinsically wrong with "etc."

The idea that one should always (whether in writing or in speaking) try to provide a complete list of those "other things" is untenable. Long lists are tiresome and distracting to both speaker/writer and listener/reader; they are also likely to be incomplete, despite one's best efforts to make them all-inclusive. At some point one simply has to add something akin to "and more", or simply "et cetera" (if spoken) or "etc."

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