'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
    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
    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
    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".

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