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Popular among scrollers was an ampersand-only rendering of the Old Man of the Mountain, the distinctive rock formation in northern New Hampshire.
Behind the bar shines an aqua-colored version of an ampersand — the restaurant derived its name and logo from that word.
Patron Saint Virgil Abloh—creative director, human ampersand, vibe curator, air-quote innovator.
At a time when law firms are shortening their names to just one partner, dropping their ampersands or using only initials, one Houston firm has gone the opposite direction.
Reynolds also wore a GLAAD ampersand pin throughout the night’s festivities.
Every item in the collection includes GLAAD's ampersand logo as a symbol of unity, a value the line lives up to by eliminating restrictive gender labels.
The first ampersand sign dates back to 79 AD in the ancient town of Pompeii.
The actress was joined in her fashion statement by her Stranger Things co-stars, who also donned blue ampersands.
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Did You Know?
Despite appearances, the history of ampersand owes nothing to amp or sand. The familiar character & derives from a symbol that was used in place of the Latin word et, which also means "and." In the late Middle Ages, single letters used as words-words like I-were, when spelled, incorporated into a phrase that clarified that they were in fact individual words. For I the phrase was I per se, I, which in Latin means I by itself (is the word) I. In early lists of the alphabet, Z was followed by the symbol &, which was rendered & per se, and, meaning "& by itself (is the word) and." Over the years, that phrase (which when spoken aloud was pronounced "and per se and") was shortened by English speakers to ampersand.
AMPERSAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ampersand for English Language Learners
: a character & that is used for the word and
AMPERSAND Defined for Kids
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