[12:19 PM] Bob : Yeah …OK…the matter at hand…when writting…the use of …i.e ….and…e.g.…what are the rules…I will be argueing with a pompus Phd. Type
[12:36 PM] Bob : To late…don’t bother…what is your day off…anyway next time lets be a little more…oh say….reliable…I might as well go get a smart phone myself if you are going to start limiting my access to yours…turd-perch ‘er….
[1:16 PM] Me: I know you said don’t bother, but this particular matter lends itself to a nimble solution. Use e.g. (exempli gratia) when giving an example, e for example. Use i.e. (id est) when clarifying, i for in other words.
[2:34 PM] Me: Lesson 2, Use etc., et cetera, to mean “and other things.”
[5:38 PM] Me: Lesson 3, Use et al., et alii, to mean “and others.” Note the difference.
[7:55 PM] Me: Lesson 4, It is O.K. to use vs., versus, when referring to a lawsuit. Otherwise, spell it out.
[7:57 PM] Me: Lesson 5, Some people can tolerate ibid, ibidem, in your footnotes if you are using the same source in consecutive citations. It means, in the same place.
[7:59 PM] Me: Lesson 6, But don’t be a douchebag and use any other Latin abbreviations, OK? Q.E.D. and pro tem are off limits until you become a lawyer.
[7:59 PM] Me: You’re welcome.