If you’ve ever encountered the French phrase “et voila,” or if you happen to know a person called E.T., then you will be somewhat familiar with ‘et.’ However, have you ever wondered what et meant on its own, without being coupled with another word?

Well spoiler alert, it doesn’t mean anything. That’s right; our journey ends there. Goodbye!

Just kidding…let’s dive a bit deeper into this seemingly insignificant two-lettered word.

Defining ‘Et’

In linguistic terms, et is known as a conjunction, meaning that it connects words and phrases within a sentence. Its interpretation in English would typically translate as “and.” For instance:

  • I like apples and oranges.
  • John wants cookies and ice cream.

As much as we try to find something profound about the origins of this simple word – well – there isn’t much of an origin story behind it. It originated from Latin roughly 2000 years ago (1st AD), which derived from the Greek language and probably even further beyond that (well before time was recorded by academics). ‘Et’ denotes neither gender nor verb tense; instead, it serves merely as filler between different parts of speech within a sentence.

Think of ‘et’ like salt – not consumed on its own but makes for tastier and more flavorful food when added correctly! Let’s explore some use cases below:

How To Use Et

Simple List

One common usage involves showcasing items in list form:

  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Grapes

Easy enough right?

Annotations / Additional Info

For individuals who may want to add some comments or details for clarification purposes when writing documents (or creating YouTube video descriptions):

“The sky is blue, today(,) et(moreover,) the sun is shining.”

Clashing Conjunction

Saw ‘et’ used somewhere and felt confused because it was generally considered bad practice to have two conjunctions in a sentence (such as adding “and” or “but”), 99% of the time; instead, one should choose which union best suits the meaning they want to convey. However,in some instances, ‘et’ dually serves like an ampersand(&) by joining multiple items together.

“Maggie got married today & I have not seen her that happy in years et she definitely looked stunning!”

Catchy Phrases

Last but certainly not least, writers love nothing more than finding new ways to create unique content worth reading! Such phrases can be effective at conveying humor or creating memorable catch-phrases:

“Don’t get too many hens et roosters living together – you know what happens when there’s just too much flocking going around!”

Some other catchy ideas might include:

  • Fireworks are my favorite—I never let them leave me Hangin Et Bangin
  • School Days Are Coming Up Et That Means No More Summer Fun?!
  • Stop Overthinking—Take Life As It Comes Et Chill Out A Bit

Wrapping This All Up…

When it comes down to it, words will always ultimately only hold value if we give them corresponding weight through meaningful communication. Individual characters like ‘et,’ while seemingly worthless on their own, contribute significantly towards forming coherent sentences and thus promoting successful discourse!

In summary, use ‘et’ as another tool in your writer’s toolkit for aiding comprehension and creating engaging environments.

Happy writing!

Unless you’re into consuming salt all on its lonesome.

Sorry-not-sorry for the Dad joke.