Ejusdem Generis means “of the same kind or nature”

There should be a catch all phrase like “… or any other…”

This general catch all phrase only applies to items with the common trait or denominator.


For example:

Car, bus, lorry or any other vehicle.

In this case the common traits are vehicles with four wheels and an engine. Any other item without four wheels and an engine will not be included. A boat for example may be excluded from this list.

Another example may be screwdriver, hammer, saw or any other tool. In this case, a shirt should not be any other tool.


This canon usually restrains statutory interpretation from going too far.