Just a quick grammar rant
Dear The English-Speaking World.
I am writing on behalf of a few acronyms that feel marginalised and misunderstood. You probably recognise them. They are “E.g.”, “i.e” and “a.k.a”.
These three poor gentlemen have asked me to contact you to implore you to cease slandering their honourable names with your misrepresentations. They have requested that I remind you of the following:
E.g. stands for exemplia gratia. In a rough sense, it means “for example”
I.e. stands for id est. It is used to mean “that is to say”
A.k.a. stands for also known as.
The abovementioned noble acronyms would like to express that they have had enough of your deliberate misuse. They feel that it is not very difficult to understand the difference between them, and so any alleged misunderstanding is, in fact, a form of abuse.
So let it be known that they will no longer put up with “I drove my red car, e.g. my corolla”. They will not turn a blind eye to “I’m running out of food, a.k.a. milk and bread”. Furthermore, the next time someone says something like “he is from overseas, a.k.a. India”, they will consider industrial action.
All they are asking for is that you respect their individuality.
The Grammar Monster