They are different things, sheesh
eg = giving one or more examples of what is meant
For instance, "please secure a high profile perfomer, i.e. Madonna" means this person literally wants ONLY Madonna to perform. No-one else will do.
"Please secure a high profile performer, e.g. Madonna" means this person wants a performer of the kind of profile Madonna has. But Britney Spears or Rihanna would do just as well.
So only e.g. means "for example". i.e. derives from "Id Est", which translates as "that is", and is a completely different term.
SA should probably work though.
At a certain point, when something is SO commonly used, it overrides the technicality and the pedantry. I.E is used more often than e.g. You should accept i.e. It's a perfectly acceptable answer for this question and you know it.
But you won't change your mind. You'll likely just reply something snarky and dismissive like you did above instead of considering it from another angle.
Just because a lot of people get it wrong, doesn't mean it suddenly doesn't matter. I've sat in presentations where I had to check with someone what they actually meant by 'i.e.', because their correct or incorrect usage would fundamentally alter what they were trying to say.
I'm all for people just using plain English and saying 'for example' or 'that is', so perhaps e.g. and i.e. will die out and that's possibly for the best. But in the meantime - they mean different things.
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