Full Form of etc :
etc Full Form is Et Cetera. etc is a Latin term or expression which means ‘and so forth’ or ‘and other things’. This single word ‘etcetera’ is represented and used very commonly as ‘etc.’ It is often used in places where there is a need for a logical continuation of a series of things or descriptions. Originally, European Monarchs, who at times had very lengthy titles, shortened their names and titles by concluding with three etcetera – like ‘etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. This has eventually become a practice in written and spoken a language where lists of things or persons are to be stated.
For instance, ‘The new vehicle had power windows, power locks, heated seats, etc.’ The term etcetera has also been used humorously, airily, or dismissively. Et cetera is probably one of those Latin expressions to have become an inseparable part of English grammar. Et cetera, which is commonly written as etc (in the United Kingdom) and etc. (in the United States of America). The expression, in Latin, means “and the rest of these things mentioned before”. In the expression, Et denotes “and” and cetera denotes “the rest”. It is interesting to note that the use of etc was popular among English Monarch.
Many European monarchs used to have long titles, which was primarily because of the dynastic claims made to territories that have been accumulated. The use of lengthy names was also regarded as a matter of prestige. However, the use of lengthy names was a tedious and, if I may say, annoying affair even to the English Monarchs themselves. So, they devised the use of etc after their shortened titles. Eventually, it became a customary practice. One of the classic examples of such use comes from Nicholas II of Russia, a Tsar, who conventionally started his proclamations with his abridged title followed by etc..
Such use has also been made the 1956 movie titled The King and I in which the character King Mongkut of Siam has used the phrase et cetera repeatedly in order to show his great knowledge. Thus, the use of etc has witnessed royal patronage for centuries. There are other Latin expressions, which are similar to etc such as et alii (which is abbreviated as et al) that means “and others” and is often used as a replacement to etc. Similarly, et alibi is used to mean “and elsewhere”. Also, there have been many derivatives of the phrase etc.
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