Issue 144, page 3
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Guestmudgeon John Olsen, and etc.
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.
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