i.e. and e.g.

In case anyone’s wondering, it’s still hot.  It seems to be cooling off in the late afternoons, though.  Today, for instance, weather.com registered the 5:00pm temperature like this:

106° F
Feels Like 127° F

I was kidding about it cooling off in the late afternoons.  How in the world does 106° feel like 127°?  In a word: humidity.  The graphic should read Unfair.

On another note, I’m in the process of editing a written document, and I thought it might be good to mention the difference between two often-confused abbreviations (they’re friends, not twins):

i.e. means “that is.”
e.g. means “for example.”

They’re not supposed to be used interchangeably, mainly because they don’t mean the same thing.  And you’re really only supposed to use words interchangeably when they mean the same thing.  I think that’s pretty reasonable.

Maybe some of you who are well aware of the difference can give me some example sentences.  Be creative.  Just don’t mess it up and encourage wrong usage even more. :)


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