Confusing i.e. and e.g. is More Common Than You Think

Confusing “i.e.” and “e.g.” is rumored to be one of the most common mistakes writers make. It certainly is tricky for me!

Both abbreviations are derived from Latin words, which always complicates matters. So I’m going to keep things as simple as possible:

  • i.e. stands for “id est,” which essentially means “in other words.”
  • e.g. is the abbreviation for “exempli gratia” or “for example” in English.

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Wordsmith Wednesday: The 3 There’s

Now more than ever, it matters what words you choose to share your brand story. Wordsmith Wednesday is a space for people who love words & creating content that is a joy to read. I’ll be sharing my favorite tips & tricks – and hope you’ll share yours!

The 3 There’s

I’m starting with they’re, their, and there because I’ve been noticing misspellings cropping up lately in people’s emails and social posts. The confusion between these three words probably happens because they sound exactly alike, but they have entirely different meanings (for my fellow geeks out there, these words are called homophones.)

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