• Both terms come from Latin. Etc. is short for et cetera, and it means roughly "an so on", whereas et al. is short for et alii, meaning "and others". It is frequently used in bibliographies, when you name a book written by several authors: Willie Smith et al..: The Fun of Being Despised. Trenchtown: Gutter Press, 1927
  • Et al is latin and means "and others" so it's used for a list of people. Et cetera is latin and means "and the rest" so it's a little more general.
  • In lists of people, et alii (abbreviated as et al., meaning "and others") is used in place of etc.
  • probably not much

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