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Since these abbreviated expressions (et al., i.e., e.g. and others) are from a different language than main text (they're Latin as pointed out), typographical rules require they are displayed differently, usually in italics.

For the double purpose of silencing spellchecking and visual cue, I use a dedicated character style with Language attribute set accordingly (or to None if I merge all foreign quotations in a single class) and the desired appearance.

Of course, this is less "comfortable" than implicit recognition because you must set character style before typing the expression and reset it to default afterwards. But all your foreign expressions are now under full control should you need to change their appearance in a single shot, without tracking every individual occurrence.