from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The character or sign (&) representing the word and.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The symbol "&".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word used to describe the character �, �, or &.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name formerly in use for the character & or & (also called short and), which is formed by combining the letters of the Latin et, and, and which is commonly placed at the end of the alphabet in primers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)
The ampersand is typically used to save time and space.
I think I called the ampersand “the squiggly and-thing” or something very similar before I discovered its name.
[Transcriber's Note: The "|" s below are my best rendition in plain ASCII of a Saxon ampersand, which is a long vertical bar with a short horizontal bar at the top, pointing to the left.] + ORM · GAMAL · SVNA · BOHTE · SC [= S] [+ ORM · GAMAL · SUNA · BOHTE · SANCTUS]
Either way, we think the ampersand is a ligature for
The single text operator (the so-called ampersand) is used in formulas to join together two or more text entries (an operation with the highfalutin 'name concatenation).
Go to images.google.com and search for "ampersand" for lots of examples of the extreme variation in style of this particular symbol.
I'd always wondered about the source of the word "ampersand", but never got around to looking it up.
Schwartz & Wade are relatively easy when you consider that one is named Schwartz and one is named Wade though they pulled a third person onto the stage with them this season, so I guess I'll have to refer to that person as "ampersand".
Its like that conversation that I had with Roger a while back, boys who know what an "ampersand" is - I totally think is hot.
To add another forum to ignore just use double "ampersand" as shown above.