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.”)