Re: I solicit your HELP (etc.)

Subject: Re: I solicit your HELP (etc.)
From: "Hillary M. Russak" <hrussak -at- SLAC -dot- STANFORD -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 08:38:50 -0700

From _Elements of Technical Writing_, Blake and Bly:

_Etc._ is fine when used in a sentence in which the reader can predict its
meaning: "Let's discuss even numbers, like 2, 4, 6, etc." Often though, it
is a lazy way out of a thought (e.g., "Go to the laboratory and get me a
bunsen burner, flask, etc.").

I agree.
-hil


At 02:27 PM 4/14/98 -0500, Mitman, Rikki wrote:
>Speaking for my own persnickety self, I'd be glad to see the trend for
>acronyms and abbreviations reversed. What's wrong with spelling things out?
>
>(Oh, please no lectures on common usage. I'm just opining here.)
>
>Rikki Mitman, Tech Writer
>ECG Technology Communications
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Parker, Cassandra M. (EXCH) [SMTP:CMPARKER -at- INTERMEDIA -dot- COM]
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 1998 2:29 PM
>> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>> Subject: I solicit your HELP (etc.)
>>
>> Hello All,
>>
>> Could you, my trusty List friends, help me with this one.
>>
>> What is the appropriate usage of the word etc.
>>
>> For example:
>>
>> 1. When it is in the middle of a sentence, should a comma follow it?
>>
>>
>> 2. When etc. is at the end of a sentence and the sentence ends with a
>> question mark or a period, how do you handle this?
>>
>>
>> 3. When etc. is at the end of a sentence but in parentheses, what would
>> you do here:
>> (computers, printers, scanners, etc.). OR
>> (computers, printers, scanners, etc.)
>>
>>
>> I have seen the usage of this little acronym in so many different forms
>> that now I am confused.
>>
>> Thanks for your help.
>>
>> Cassie
>>
>> ~
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Hillary M. Russak
Technical Writer
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
(650) 926-3193
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hrussak -at- slac -dot- stanford -dot- edu




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