Tuesday, April 04, 2006

For example, that is

It's Tuesday, the day we write about language and words (apparently). This week's topic: [ i.e. vs. e.d. ].

Now, this example is one that almost fails to merit mention. It's so obvious to many of us that i.e. means "id est" (roughly: "that is {to say}"), whereas e.g. means "exempli gratia" (roughly: "for example"). I, too, find it a simple distinction.

But put bluntly:

i.e. = "that is"

e.g. = "for example"

Stop fucking it up, fuckers.

6 Comments:

Blogger Anneth said...

Stop fucking it up, fuckers; i.e. get it right, dimwits.

Ray's makes great use of expletives as different parts of speech , e.g., "Stop fucking it up, fuckers."

4/4/06 1:53 PM  
Blogger Stanley said...

I almost said "Stop fucking fucking it up, fuckers." But that would've been over the top, no?

4/4/06 3:27 PM  
Blogger Anneth said...

Sometimes Ray's use of xpletives can be over the top, e.g., "Stop fucking fucking it up, fuckers!"

Ahhh. Three cheers for Ray's wide knowledge of expletive parts of speech. Fuck, Fuck, Fooray!!!

yeah. I am not sure what fooray is, but whatever. there is never an over the top with f'er. Woo!

4/4/06 9:36 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

who is ray?

5/4/06 6:47 PM  
Blogger Stanley said...

Some people call me "Ray." They're referring to my radiant personality, like that of a ray of light or a geometric form that starts at a point and continues in one direction in a straight line forever. You know, just like me.

5/4/06 11:27 PM  
Blogger Anneth said...

Oh Yar! I meant stanley, obviously.

hm. just realized that yar = ray, in reverse.

i'm so astute.

6/4/06 9:44 AM  

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