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Guestmudgeon John Olsen, and etc.

The one that makes me really crazy is "and excetera" (cringe)

Most people do not realize that the et in et cetera actually means "and" in Latin!  The cetera portion means "the rest", being the neuter plural of ceterus "the other".  So et cetera means, literally, "and the rest", so to say and etc. is to say "and and the rest".

And, yes, what really sets our teeth on edge is to hear et cetera pronounced as exetra.

Is there something you read or hear that sends you up the wall?

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