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first post in a new area of study here, History of letters and typographic symbols.

The ampersand, or &, is a symbol for the word AND in the English language. The Ampersand is actually a Ligature, a combination of 2 or more letterforms to form a single letter. the combination of the letters ‘e’ and ‘t’. ‘et’ in latin means and.

The term ampersand, as Geoffrey Glaister writes in his “Glossary of the Book,” is a corruption of and (&) per se and, which literally means “(the character) & by itself (is the word) and.” There is also a common rumor that the word comes from an inventor named Linus Amper, hence ‘Amper’s And’.

The & is sometimes considered the 27th letter of the alphabet, w x y & z. Its a vowel.

The evolution of ‘et’ to ‘&’

How to use
handwriting: backward 3 with stroke down middle like a $, or a plus like symbol
computer: shift + 7
HTML: & amp

When designing a typeface the & is where a designer can be the most artistic.

The Ampersand
at adobe.com

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