I'm correcting someone's article and this one expression really annoys me.

Can 'and other similar' be used with people? as in

Web developers, marketers and other similar specialists.

I don't know why but it sounds odd to me while in a sentence like 'and other similar items' the words 'other' and 'similar' seem to be fine...

Cambridge Dictionary says that

similar means looking or being almost, but not exactly, the same

but I can't find any example there in which 'similar' would sit right next to a noun like people etc.

Is it the word similar that is off? Thank you in advance.

  • Your example is OK, but it really compares occupations, not people. So I think "Web developers, marketers and other similar occupations/specialties." would be better.
    – user3169
    Commented Aug 7, 2018 at 22:15

1 Answer 1


As your dictionary search indicated, there's nothing about 'similar' that makes it not apply to people. You don't necessarily need the word 'other'.

We welcome beer-lovers, wine enthusiasts, cheese mavens, and similar devotees of fine foods and beverages.

UK Tories, German CDU members, and similar politicians from eastern Europe met for a round-table discussion.

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