×
FREE ASSISTANCE FOR THE INQUISITIVE PEOPLE
Tutorial Topics
X
softetechnologies
Evolution Of Letter T
Evolution Of Ampersand (&) - Little Surprise
2643    Dibyendu Banerjee    07/07/2017

A small character “&”

There was a time when the small character “&” was regarded as the 27th part of the alphabet. In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et, which means “and”, they linked the e and t. Gradually, the combined letters e and t came together to signify the word “and” in English as well.

Evolution of Amppersand
Evolution of Amppersand
softetechnologies

 In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs used to conclude the alphabet with the “&”. However, it would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, AND.”

softetechnologies

Instead, the students used to say, “and per se and.” Here “Per se” means “by itself,” So the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.”

Evolution of Amppersand
The Roman ampersand on the left is stylised, but the italic one on the right is clearly similar to et.

Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today – ampersand. Today, whenever a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it is called a “Mondegreen.”

Evolution Of Letter T
softetechnologies
Author Details
Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.
Enter New Comment
Comment History
No Comment Found Yet.
Rabindranath Tagore
A lamp can only light another lamp when it continues to burn in its own flame.
Rabindranath Tagore
28556
52.77
Today So Far
Total View (Lakh)
softetechnologies
26/05/2018     42032
01/01/2018     36003
28/06/2017     34089
25/06/2018     33448
02/08/2017     32401
01/08/2017     26868
06/07/2017     26791
15/05/2017     26418
14/07/2017     21855
21/04/2018     20717
softetechnologies