Re: Ie abbreviation character

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Fri May 03 2002 - 11:29:26 EDT

Marco Cimarosti <> wrote:

> In English, "i.e." should be read ['id 'est] or ['ðæt 'iz], but I
> think that also ['ai 'i:] would be acceptable and understandable.

In fact, I think the most common reading would be ['ai 'i:], followed
closely by ['ðæt 'iz] and much more distantly by ['id 'est]. Almost
everyone knows that "i.e." means "that is" (except for the ones who
confuse it with "e.g."), but not everyone can expand it to "id est" and
even fewer would actually say it, for fear of sounding pretentious.

But, like, that's just in California. Your mileage might totally vary,

Fer surrre,

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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