AMPERSAND

Jennifer Trent // September 12 // 0 Comments

Ampersand. Repeat it, ampersand. A fun little character that is used all the time, but I never knew had a name. &&&&&&, these are ampersands. 

The National Days Calendar website provided the following information about “&”:

  • The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet
  • It is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and.”
  • The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time
  • The plus sign is an ampersand

and also, from the National Days Calendar, celebrate Ampersand Day by having fun with the ampersand:

  • Use lots & lots of ampersands!
  • Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.
  • Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.
  • Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.
  • Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters “et.”)

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