Brief Origin of the Modern Ampersand
The ampersand was originally a ligature of the letters E and T ( “et” is Latin for and ), and dates back to the first century. If you examine the modern Ampersand, you’ll likely see the E and T separately. Then the fun becomes unseeing them in the various representation of form!
As type developed over the next few centuries, it eventually became more stylized and less representative of its origins. I’ve included an image of the evolution of the ampersand in the next comment as an example (1 =original Roman ligature, 2 and 3 = fourth century, and 4-6 = ninth century).
The modern ampersand has remained largely unchanged from the Carolingian ampersands ( less formal-looking than modern representatives developed as part of cursive scripts in the ninth century ).
While the ampersand has been in use since the first century, the definition wasn’t added to dictionaries until 1837. The word was created as a slurred form of “and, per se and”. It is now a part of every roman font used in modern text. But what does this slurrrrrred form MEEEEAN, Layla It may now mean “and” by itself, but originally “ampersand” was a mispronunciation of the phrase “and per se and.” This can be traced to when “&” was treated as the 27th letter of the alphabet in the 1800s.
At the time, when school children recited the alphabet, they would use the Latin phrase per se when a letter was also a word by itself. So, for instance, “a” was read out as “per se a,” meaning “a by itself.”
At the end of the alphabet, meanwhile, children would say “x, y, z, and per se and.” And if you say “and per se and” fast and often enough, it will eventually slur into something like “ampersand.”
So why is the “&” symbol known as an “ampersand”? Because nineteenth-century school children were rushing when reciting the alphabet.
In summary, Layla, the English language is quite often stupid
Source: https://getproofed.com/writing-tips/a-guide-to-the-ampersand/ When to use an Ampersand:
The ampersand usage rules are pretty simple. 1. Use in the place of a conjunction.
• Fish and chips = Fish & chips ( yum, Tallen! )
• Rock and roll = Rock & roll ( 4-evah, [N]omoth! )
• Crown and Coke = Crown & Coke ( hiccup, Johnny! ) Note
: Replacing a conjunction is typically expressed in informal writing: an email to a friend like Sky_dancer, for example. Likewise, if you’re taking notes by hand, the ampersand offers a quick and simple way of writing “and.” 2. Use in a business name, book title, movies, songs, albums, marketing copy text, and citations of sources with more than one author ( APA referencing ).
• JohnnnyBlaze & Co
• Death & The LadyChylde
• Pride & Prejudice
• Tallen, [N]omoth, & Swagger ( year ) *
* Note: Author citations include 2-5 authors. When citing more than 6, then use the first author’s name only, e.g., Sky_dancer, et al. (year)
Also, many professional writers avoid using the ampersand when writing the marketing copy, citing it’s too informal an approach, which could have potentially negative consequences.
Lastly, the MLA Handbook suggests replacing “&” with “and” when it occurs in a title. This will typically rule out the main text and titles of formal documents, such as essays or business reports.
Bottom line is always check your style guide for advice on ampersand usage, Layla,
and & remain consistent throughout your document. 3. Use within a series to identify an item as part of its name and not a separator
• Wh1skeySwagger enjoyed disco, funk, rhythm & blues, and hip-hop Note how the conjunction ‘and’ is not replaced with the ampersand in this example, because it’s not a separator but part of the name. 4. Use to identify more than one addressee, particularly a couple.
• “Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Blaze” 5. Use in Poetry
Poetry is ruled by creative purpose and often does not follow the rules of formal prose; therefore, is optional per individual writer’s style. However, it is still advised to follow the rule of consistency, as well as investigate publishers you may be submitting to, as opinions of its use vary from acceptable to lazy.
Sources: https://thepioneerwoman.com/fun-and-learning/twenty-interesting-things-aboutthe-ampersand/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampersand https://www.lexico.com/explore/origin-of-ampersand https://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/articles/the-funkiest-ampersands-you-have-ever-seen https://inspirationfeed.com/ampersand-design/