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Know your Latin: i.e. vs. e.g.


eg vs ieYou know you were wondering about this… Well here it is, put as succinctly as I’ve ever seen by Ann Edwards,

i.e. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘id est,’ meaning ‘that is.’

e.g. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘exempli gratia,’ meaning ‘for example.’

Use i.e. when you want to give further explanation for something.

After work I’ll walk over to the Thunderdome, i.e., the new sports arena a few blocks away.

Use e.g. when you want to give a few examples but not a complete list.

I love drinking holiday-related beverages, e.g., hot chocolate, apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes.

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Writing= Inspiration + Habit

“The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.” – John Cheever

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

Lord Ganesh, patron of scribes

This blogpost, Writing Habits, discusses the way some writers can force inspiration while others wait for it.

I wonder if these habits correspond to the homework habit one had as a child. Some kid’s parents had them go to their room for homework during the same hours each day while some of us worked in study halls, restaurants, or in a noisy living room.

I find I work best with some noise. I write blog posts in cafes and papers with movies as background, I wrote my BA thesis while “watching” Lord of the Rings on repeat about 12 times, and my most recent paper with Holst, The Planets as background.

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Queen Victoria’s Journals

Have you browsed Queen Victoria’s Journals yet? Queen Elizabeth has made the entire collection available online to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. If you have ever been interested in Queen Victoria, British history, Jane Austen or historical novels at all, you must read these.  The journals begin with a chronicle of a trip to Wales taken when (then) Princess Victoria was thirteen years old. Continue reading Queen Victoria’s Journals