Common Phrases

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Et al: What’s it mean and when should you use it?

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Et al is most commonly an abbreviation of the Latin phrase et alia, which means “and others,” with et being the Latin word for and and alia meaning others.

Et tu brute: What’s it mean and when should you use it?

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Et tu Brute? is among the most well-known quotations in English literature. Learn where ithe phrase comes from and how to use it.

Hang in there: What’s it mean and when should you use it?

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Has someone ever told you to hang in there? This article will help you understand this common saying so you can use it correctly when speaking and writing.

Ignorance is bliss: What’s it mean and when should you use it?

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Ignorance is bliss is both an idiom and a proverb. The phrase comes from the very end of the last stanza of a poem.

Plead the fifth: What’s it mean and when should you use it?

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Even if you didn’t go to law school or have never been part of a criminal trial, you’ve probably heard the legal phrase plead the Fifth. What does it mean?