'You hang up hurriedly and attend to baby,crockery,etc', could you please tell me how to read 'etc'? just read the letters one by one or there is another way to read it?

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    Why didn't the pronunciation for "etc" in the dictionary you found when you looked it up help you?
    – ColleenV
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 12:12
  • You can also take a look at Forvo: forvo.com/search/etc./en (although remember that the site is crowdsourced, so it's not authoritative)
    – user49199
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 12:23
  • That forvo link pronounces the word properly as a stand-alone word, but as "ets" in the sentence. :(
    – Davo
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 13:44

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Etc is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase et cetera (meaning "and the rest"). In English, it is pronounced as the entire phrase (even if it is abbreviated). The "c" in "cetera" is soft in modern English, so it sounds like an "s".

  • When I am reading in my head I often pronounce it as its own word: etss. But definitely agree that when spoken aloud, "etc" is pronounced "ett settera."
    – randomhead
    Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 19:40
  • and not eggs setera
    – Deipatrous
    Commented Sep 19, 2023 at 9:31

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