https://www.yourdictionary.com/exetera i knew i wasn't mishearing it, people really pronounce it "exetera"
(wrongly, since it's "et cetera")
@Algot true, but "etc" doesn't have any "x" in it, so it's weirder to me that people mispronounce it
In places where it is said, there really isn't an x sound. It isn't far to go from
et > ek
and if everyone around you says it, it takes a fair bit of self-motivation to stand out by saying et-cetera instead of ek-cetera.
That don't make it right, but waddaya gonna do, eh? 😉
@Algot complain about it online and use my Having Passed The Mandatory Latin Class In High School skill to educate people? 🤔
My own pet peeve is a linguistic lost cause.
Teachers routinely say, "Bring this form to the office, please." That includes teachers of English/Language Arts.
The distinction of bring and take is gone in day-to-day speech (even if it may still be taught as an academic bit of grammar.
Two people physically together, headed to some other place.
I'm not sure I have actually heard it, but it would not surprise me to overhear someone say "Bring me away with you."
Further confusion is found in the phrase "take a drink". The liquid is entering my body as I take the drink.
We must face it. Language is idiomatic. Grammar is a semi-successful attempt to build a structure AFTER THE FACT.
That part of the taking does work.
Taking remains in the phrase even if I have pumped and carried my own bucket from the well. (Yes, I think of myself as THAT old.)
It is still "take a drink" as the water sluices down my esophagus.
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