RE: i.e. vs e.g.

Subject: RE: i.e. vs e.g.
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com" <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:27:05 -0700

Chris Morton wrote:

> >
> > Unless you are writing for an academic audience , "in other words"
> and
> > "for example" are arguably better.
> >
> Boy, do I ever disagree with this statement.

I agree with Leonard (except that instead of "in other words," I generally use "that is," which is both shorter and a more literal translation of "id est"). In fact, I'd drop the qualifier "arguably."

In support of not using the Latin abbreviations, I'd point out that among a bunch of professional technical writers, Leonard was the only one to accurately specify the Latin meanings and their translations. What are the odds that any given member of the audiences we write for will understand what these abbreviations mean and how they're different from each other? I dare say a fair number of tech writers will not use the right one in a given situation.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom

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i.e. vs e.g.: From: Bruce Megan (ST-CO/ENS2.5-NA)
Re: i.e. vs e.g.: From: Chris Morton
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