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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.


No, no need to fix it at all:


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

  • 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. :) – Mateen Ulhaq 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


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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