et al. : Common Errors in English

About et al.

“Et al.’ is a scholarly abbreviation of the Latin phrase et alia, which means “and others.” It is commonly used when you don’t want to name all the people or things in a list, and works in roughly the same way as “etc.” “The reorganization plan was designed by Alfred E. Newman, General Halftrack, Zippy the Pinhead, et al.; and it was pretty useless.” The “al.” in this phrase needs a period after it to indicate it is an abbreviation of alia; but it is incorrect to put a period after “et.”

et al. Meaning(s)

  • (r) and others ('et al.' is used as an abbreviation of `et alii' (masculine plural) or `et aliae' (feminine plural) or `et alia' (neuter plural) when referring to a number of people)
  • (r) and elsewhere (used when referring to other occurrences in a text)

et al. in News

  1. Decisions, Decisions

    In a unanimous decision yesterday , the US Supreme Court ruled in the Association for Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics case that human genes are not patent-eligible, though it also said that cDNA is eligible to be patented as it is not naturally occurring.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: GenomeWeb News

  2. Public Records

    COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 13-CV-0503 - Agri Business Finance Inc., 4141 Laybourne Road, v. Steven R. Dailey, Cedarville, complaint for $35,116. 13-CV-0504 - PNC Bank, NA, v. MSCPEC, LLC, 1630 Yellow Springs St., et al., complaint for $178,962. 13-CV-0506 - Discover Bank v. Scott Allen McCombs, South Vienna, complaint for $18,136. 13-CV-0507 - Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, v. J. Joan Brown ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Springfield News-Sun

  3. AMP celebrates SCOTUS decision on AMP v. Myriad Case

    ( Association for Molecular Pathology ) The United States Supreme Court released its landmark decision in Association for Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. et al. The Court unanimously agreed that "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA is patentable because it is not naturally occurring."
    on June 14, 2013 Source: EurekAlert!

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