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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tracy Boyington [SMTP:tracy_boyington -at- OKVOTECH -dot- ORG]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 1998 10:51 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: I solicit your HELP (etc.)
> I'm confused... what are you referring to when you say spelling things
> out? Is this a call for writing out "et cetera" instead of abbreviating
> it "etc." or are you saying we shouldn't use it at all and should write
> out the entire list that was being alluded to by "etc."?
> > >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
> > >
> > >(Oh, please no lectures on common usage. I'm just opining here.)
> > >> What is the appropriate usage of the word etc.