What is the difference between Etc. and Et al.? etc et al

Etcetera / Etc.

Etcetera ( et = and, cetera = the rest) is most commonly abbreviated to Etc.

Etc. is a Latin expression, which means ‘and other things’, ‘and so on’ or ‘and so forth’.  It is generally used when you’re writing a list of things or a series of descriptions.

For example: I went to the shop and bought bacon, eggs, sausages, beans, etc. for a fried breakfast.  Here the etc. indicates you bought other items typically associated with a full English breakfast.

When using the phrase etc. in a list it is preceded by a comma.

JUST FOR FUN: Etc. = End of Thinking Capacity!  

Et al.

Et alii (and others) is most commonly abbreviated to Et al.

Et al is another Latin expression and it means ‘and others’ or ‘and elsewhere’.  It is used when referring to a list of people, such as multiple authors of a book.

For example: Richards, et al. (2003)