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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.
Her ampersand pin is from GLAAD, a group working to better the lives of LGBTQ+ and marginalized people.
Though Simon would never affix another ampersand to his name, Halee is a collaborator as much as a producer.
The business has emerged as a Chipotle-of-pizza of sorts, with a cult following of both customers and employees, who have willingly had the restaurant’s symbol, the ampersand, tattooed on their bodies.
In addition, while the less common symbols—including the ampersand—are the least common of all characters, a comma is actually seen more often than certain letters of the alphabet, such as ‘v’ or ‘
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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.
Origin and Etymology of ampersand
First Known Use: 1795See Words from the same year
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: a character & that is used for the word and
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