Tuesday, May 23, 2006

What does "et al" mean?

I think I'm Googled, Yahooed, and Blogger searched on this question at least four times a day. Yeah, I get boring searches on my blog. Nothing nifty like "corks for cramps" or "I want to pinch crab". What exactly that says about me, I don't care to guess. It's great for the hit count, though.

But I feel I'm letting these searchers down. So, here it is, straight from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary website.

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et al

One entry found for et al.

Main Entry: et al
Function: abbreviation
Etymology: Latin et alii (masc.), et aliae (fem.), or et alia (neut.)

and others

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See, no need to do something silly like look it up yourself at Merriam-Webster or even something really daft like grabbing a dictionary. All done for you.

So, my site title literally means "life, family, and others".

Cheers!

4 comments:

Rowan said...

I thought that was obvious.....et al isn't an unused expression is it? oh no, again I've proven I'm not cool if that's the case :(

word ver-tocdlkr
def'n: to gently perform fellatio

Ched MacQuigg said...

thank you for your service,
the leg work I mean

Anonymous said...

Referencing the blogger's site comment "as my being too lazy to grab a dictionary", right on! As far as being a lazy "bugger", I take indignant exception. However, in this day and age, I guess if I haven't tried it , I shouldn't knock it. Although I am still too lazy to grab a dictionary, a "bugger" I believe refers to one who enjoys intimacy with sheep. Cheers.

Maidink said...

Anon ~ I never knew that. Hmmm. Considering the very thought makes me squeamish, the word "bugger" has been removed.