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Where Did the Ampersand Originate? | Comma Queen

we're going to take a quick look at the

ampersand it began way back in the days

of ancient Rome as a combination of the

letters et laughing at forehead the

ampersand used to be used as the last

letter of the alphabet in colonial days

children would pronounce XYZ and per se

and per se meaning by itself also Latin

and purse and and per se and per se

ampersand it surprises me that anyone

would find its controversial but I

actually got letters from people who

objected to my allowing the publishers

to use an ampersand instead of the word

hand and the title of my book here is a

print that I made thanks to a friend who

works at a print shop I made it the

centerpiece of the only print I have

ever made which is called homage to the

serial comma so the ampersand is useful

and beautiful and if you have trouble

making it in your cursive handwriting

what I always do is I just make a treble

clef mark and that is approximately the

same look as an ampersand