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How ampersand came from a misunderstanding | Dictionary.com Blog

January 18, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Did you know that the ‘&’ symbol comes from the Latin ‘et’ meaning ‘and’? Also, it became the 27th letter of English alphabet and was recited ‘…X, Y, Z, and per se and’. When it was dropped from the alphabet the phrase ‘and per se and’ became crunched together as ‘ampersand’.
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