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Ampersand & (And)
ampersand examples

Ampersand Examples. Top: The curvy S-like ampersand. Bottom left: This style is often used in handwriting. Bottom right: You can see the word Et in this style of ampersand.

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The typographic symbol used to designate the word and (&) is the Latin symbol for et which means and. The name, ampersand, is believed to be derived from the phrase and per se and.

On a standard English layout keyboard the ampersand (&) is accessed with shift+7. In many fonts the ampersand looks much like a cursive S or a curvy plus sign but in other fonts you can almost see the word Et in the design of the ampersand.

The ampersand is a form of ligature because it joins two characters into one.

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