Word of the day: i.e.
Ok this is funny. Don't you notice that a lot of people uses abbreviations and such and they actually do not know what it stands for? Well today I wanted to find out what i.e. means and it seemed that a lot of people are using it but don't really know what it means. Even my girlfriend, who is a real language geek, didn't know! I thought it was an English abbreviation, but I was wrong, it is a Latin phrase. We Dutchies use those a lot but we don't abbreviate everything, we use the full words like "Idem"
After doing some research and talking with John I now can tell you what it means: i.e. stands for "Id Est". It means "in other words". Read this article to get the full explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id_est#I