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Et cetera is two words, not one, as it come from the Latin meaning "and others".

Yes, I'm being overly pedantic here, but it should still be fixed.

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No, no need to fix it at all:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/etcetera

Just because it comes from two words in Latin doesn't mean it's not one word in English. English is the original Embrace, Extend, Exterminate language.

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I hate to concede a point, but you are right. I was not aware that the one-word spelling is also used. Nevertheless, since we have two spellings here, and the two-word one is both etymologically correct (regardless of the fact that English is not Latin) and more commonly used (e.g. Google search results), I still propose that it be changed to the two-word spelling. –  waiwai933 May 21 '10 at 2:07

I remember the old days when you didn't need to know latin to be a programmer :P

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+1 for the old days. –  Lance Roberts May 20 '10 at 23:29
    
Not everything was in English in the old days. Remember MSDN? –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 21 '10 at 2:33
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+1 for" the old days" coming from a 16 year old person :D –  Pëkka May 23 '10 at 9:33
    
+1 for "the old days" coming from a 14 year old person. :) –  muntoo Jun 25 '11 at 17:57

This is MAJOR. It will be fixed in 6-8 weeks.

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That's a conservative estimate. –  Jarrod Dixon May 21 '10 at 3:46

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_cetera

The one-word spelling "etcetera" is commonly used, and is accepted as correct by many dictionaries

Surely there are more important things for us to be concerned about or working on?

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Assuming you saw my comment of Randolpho's answer and still understand why I still think it should be corrected, surely it would have taken just as much time to fix it as to find a quote on WP and decline it? –  waiwai933 May 23 '10 at 4:01
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You can't trust Wikipedia! Anyone can edit it! –  Corey May 23 '10 at 6:15

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