e.g. ≠ i.e.

Some people (e.g., logophiles, word addicts, literary types) find that knowing the Latin for i.e., i.e. ‘id est’ or ‘that is to say’ or ‘that is,’ helps them to choose between i.e. and e.g., i.e., ‘exempli gratia or ‘for the sake of an example, or ‘for example.’ Other people (e.g., all the rest of us) will have to rely on a mnemonic, i.e., an easy way to remember.

Here’s how I remember: e.g. and example both start with an “e,” i.e., the first letter in both the Latin and English phrases. Oh, and usually each is followed by a comma, which makes a paragraph like this look like the dog’s dinner, i.e., an unappetizing mess, unless you are, e.g., a dog.

Haboob: Arabic for “strong wind,” a haboob is an exceptionally intense duststorm whose leading edge can be a mile or more high. Haboobs are typically encountered in the Sahara desert, the Arabian peninsula, and central Australia. The recent duststorms in Arizona have been called Haboobs, much to the dismay of some Arizonans.


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