Today I learned that I’ve got my Latin mixed up. Id est, abbreviated i.e., means “that is to say.” Exemplia gratia, abbreviated e.g., means “for example.” Somewhere along the way I started using i.e. to mean “for example.”
I’ve got it straight now. The abbreviation “i.e.” introduces a clarification of the preceeding word or phrase, whereas “e.g.” provides an example of it.
Dachshunds, i.e., small dogs with long bodies and short legs, are sometimes referred to by nicknames, e.g., wiener dogs or sausage dogs.
Am I the only one using “i.e.” to mean “for example”?