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When creating a new typeface, a designer can inject the most artistic flair into the ampersand character. 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.” The symbol & is derived from the ligature of ET or et, which is the Latin word for “and.”


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3 thoughts on “The Story Of Ampersand

  1. My sincere apologies Chip. My earlier post should have been made in your other post.
    If you are interested, you must read two fantastic books, the first tying into the other. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss and Usage and Abusage by Eric Partridge, revised by Janet Whitcut.

    The story starts thus: A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. As he starts to leave, the waitress asks, “Why?”. I am a panda, look it up he says and departs. When the waitress looks it up, sure enough it is written,” Panda. Large black-and-white bear like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

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