It’s All Latin to Me!

I see many people using the Latin abbreviations ‘i.e.’ and ‘e.g.’ incorrectly. So what’s the difference?

Of course, it’s easy for Latin scholars.

The abbreviation ‘i.e.’ stands for ‘id est’ and means ‘that is to say’ or ‘in other words’.

The abbreviation ‘e.g.’ stands for ‘exempli gratia’ and means ‘for example’ or ‘such as’.

Actually,  I try to avoid both abbreviations altogether. I prefer to write the words out!

Perhaps you’d like to, too?



  1. Hi Christine!
    I had to learn Latin at school and I didn‘ like it! besides, I forgot nearly all about it except a few words which are commonly used. so I mostly frefer to write the words out, even the German abreviations for example :bzw.
    With dear regards,

  2. Oh Gabi, I’ve forgotten most of my Latin, too. It’s really a shame, isn’t it?

    It’s good to hear that you also prefer to write the words out. ‘Great minds think alike’ as the saying goes in English.

    Best wishes


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