Confusing words

Confusing words: I

Many Latin terms are misused, e.g. “i.e.”

People sometimes write “i.e.” when they mean “e.g.” in the mistaken belief that the terms are interchangeable. They’re not.

i.e. stands for “id est” and means “that is”, or “namely”.
e.g. stands for “exempli gratia” and means “for [the sake of an] example”.

I had to fill in a form which asked me to “state if you are known by any other name, i.e. ‘Dusty’ Millar”. It’s intended as a helpful example but it’s plain wrong. There are lots of other names a person might be known by other than “Dusty”. They meant “e.g.”

You can read about the difference between i.e. and e.g. and a whole lot more, in the Clifford & Co editorial style guide.