Post by Adam Funk Post by CDB Post by arlen holder
Is "alli" really that hard to spell out?
Why is "et al." so prevalent when "et alli" is only a single additional item?
What? What is "et alli" anyway? Do you mean "et alia"? The GG
Post by Adam Funk Post by CDB
post that you reference is incorrect and ignorant in using "et
I agree that it could stand for "and other things" in the form "et
alia", but IME "et al" is usually used for "and other people",
while things are covered by "et cetera".
What's the semantic difference in Latin between "alia" & "cetera"?
"Other things" versus "the rest". I think the distinction ("al" for
people, "c" for things) is a conventional one, not necessarily based
only on semantics.
I see from the definition of "alius" that the word is defective, being
replaced in some cases by forms of "alterius". That's another reason
for shortening it to "al".
Post by Adam Funk
Post by CDB
It was usually an abbreviation of "et alii", but nowadays that
could easily be "et aliae", so cutting off the gendered endings
makes sense, unless you want to specify.