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Why are the terms וגומר and וכולו used instead of just writing out the rest of the sentence? When were these terms first instituted?

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    Why are abbreviations used? Because it's quicker?
    – Michoel
    Feb 18 '13 at 0:43
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    Why does English use etc.,, [...], and [et. al.]? Feb 18 '13 at 0:50
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    Where do you see them? Feb 18 '13 at 0:54
  • I always thought that וכו' is short for וכולי, not וכולו. I have also seen it written out that way sometimes.
    – b a
    Feb 18 '13 at 1:14
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    @ba Wikimilon writes as follows: מילה הבאה בסוף רשימת דברים, ומציינת שניתן היה להמשיך ולמנות אותם. קיצור של וכוליה, "וכולו" בארמית.
    – Fred
    Feb 18 '13 at 1:18
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I have always understood that וגומר is used when abbreviating a pasuk - lists etc. take וכולי

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    You're answering the question that this one isn't but that would, in fact, be more interesting.
    – Isaac Moses
    Feb 18 '13 at 6:03

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