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What is an Ampersand?

An ampersand can look like this:


Robert Brinhurst writes in The Elements of Typographic Style: "The ampersand is a symbol evolved from the Latin et, meaning and. It is one of the oldest alphabetic abbreviations, and it has assumed over the centuries a wonderful variety of forms. Contemporary offerings are for the most part uninspired, stolid pretzels."

LINKS (with illustrations)

Ampersand at Wikipedia.

The Ampersand, by Max Caflisch.

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