The abbreviation “etc” has been used in all forms of electronic communication and face-to-face conversation for many years. However, if you have recently encountered this term being used for the first time, it may be a little difficult to comprehend the meaning of simply from context clues alone.
Luckily, your search has led you here where you will find the meaning for this term, the story of its origin, and some other meanings if there are any. Conversation examples are given to you here in addition to this information to help you see how the term is used in proper context in hopes that it will aid you to gain a better understanding of its meaning. Finally, you will see some other phrases that can be used in their place that have the same or similar meaning and can be used to send the same message.
What Does ETC Mean?
The slang meaning of this term and the normal meaning are the same. It is an abbreviation of the term “et cetera.” This expression is used to mean “so one and so forth.” It is used when there are many examples or a long list of things that you can think of but you don’t need or want to take the time to list them all.
Origin of ETC
This term is derived from two separate Latin words that when combined form the definition above. The first is the word “et” which in Latin means “and.” The second word is “cetera” which is derived from another Latin term “ceterus” meaning “left over or the rest of.” The term that everyone uses today was first heard as a term that was used in late Middle English.
Currently, there are no other known meanings for this term.
A text message conversation between mother and daughter.
- Mother: When you get home, I need you to make sure and do all your chores before you do anything else.
- Daughter: Which ones do you need me to do?
- Mother: I need you to start dinner, start the laundry, clean up your room, etc. You know the list, Angela.
- Daughter: Okay, mom. I will make sure I get right on it as soon as I walk in the door.
- Mother: Thank you! Your grandmother has decided to come over unexpectedly tonight and you know how she is when the house is not spotless!
An online discussion between two Facebook users.
- User 1: I have so many holiday preparations I still need to make and I don’t feel like doing anymore.
- User 2: What do you have left to do?
- User 1: I still have to go shopping for dinner and gifts, wrap presents, bake cookies, etc. I feel so overwhelmed this year.
- User 2: Hop to it then girl! You only have four more days!
Synonyms of ETC
There are a few other phrases you could use in place of the phrase that this slang term represents. Some other phrases you could use in its place include:
- and so on
- and so forth
- and on and on