GetOffYourGas wrote: SageBrush wrote:
Newbie wrote: F.e.
Do you want to write the abbreviation of "for example" ?
It is E.g.
Thank you for writing this out. I actually didn’t know what he meant by F.e. Now it seems obvious. Yes, e.g. is the accepted abbreviation (from Latin, not English)
OT. It's interesting that we consider abbreviations based on words from a dead language to be "correct", while those based on the English word or phrase meaning the same thing are "incorrect". I make use of e.g., i.e. and ca. ("exempli gratia", "id est" and "circa" respectively) all the time, but I'd never really thought about why. Perhaps it's time we all start using f.e. and t.i. rather than e.g. and i.e. We can keep ca. since we use the word itself. Of course, English has borrowed words and phrases from every language it's ever come in contact with.
I suspect it's all a hold-over from the era when the upper classes used knowledge of Latin and Greek as one more way of separating them from the hoi polloi (Greek for "the masses" or "the common people"). Maybe this will change, with the large-scale adoption of internet abbreviations for English phrases - I wonder what the Latin version of LMAO might be?
Edit: Wouldn't you know it, there's a couple of online English - Latin translators - one translates "Laughing My Ass Off" as "Risum Mihi Asinum Off" and the other "Mihi Asinum Off Ridens" - I guess there's no translation for "off". What price " RMAO" or "MAOR"! And now for something completely the same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsawP_Ew0r4
John Cleese taught Latin and several other subjects at his public school for a couple of years after graduating from Cambridge, a fact which is largely responsible for both the above scene and the "sex education" scene in "The Meaning of Life". And remember, "Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations". That's a lot more useful than "42".