And Symbol Ampersand &

The Ampersand is used for "and" and its symbol is a logogram, &. A logogram (or logograph) is a written symbol that represents a whole word or a phrase. The origin of the ampersand comes from the Latin conjunction "et", meaning "and". This symbol is a ligature of these lowercase letters, "e" and "t". So, this aesthetic logogram called "short and" was designed as a combination of an "e" and a "t".


The ampersand is one of the most known characters in typography today, and still indicates the word "and".

The shape of the ampersand predates the word itself. The character can be traced back to the first century AD in Ancient Roman Cursive (or Latin Cursive). But the word "ampersand" came many years later. It was first added to the dictionaries in the 19th century. And the Ampersand symbol was used to be the 27th (the last) letter of the English alphabet.

When reciting the alphabet, instead of finishing with "X, Y, Z and." which was odd, the children started to finish reciting with "X, Y, Z, and per se and." (Per se means "by itself" in Latin.) So, "and per se, and" has evolved into "ampersand" quickly. The modern ampersand symbol has its Carolingian minuscule roots from the 9th century.

Ampersands are mostly used in company names, logos, brand names, the academic world, graphic design, texting, addresses, informal letters, headlines, movie titles, some shorthand expressions like "rock & roll", you & me, R&B, B&B, etc. (No spaces are used in abbreviations.)

Also, there is a special day to "acknowledge & applaud the ampersand". Typographer Chaz DeSimone who is the founder of AmperArt, chose September 8th to celebrate National Ampersand Day. Because, all these characters in "September 8" can be represented with ampersands.

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The ampersand character and "c" (&c), is used as an abbreviation of "et cetera", meaning "and other similar things" or "and so forth". This is the combination of et + c(etera).

AND Symbol in Logic

AND is also used in logical operations in a conjunction between two statements. For example: if statement A: gender is male, statement B: age is over 18. If A ∧ B is true for a man age 21.

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Ampersand Symbols List

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Turned Ampersand⅋
Small Ampersand﹠
Fullwidth Ampersand&

Ampersand in Movie and TV Shows Titles

There so many movies and TV series use this symbol in their titles. Here are some popular ones:
Fast & Furious (2009), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Turner & Hooch (1989), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Pain & Gain (2013), Thelma & Louise (1991), Angels & Demons (2009), Withnail & I (1987), Julie & Julia (2009), Marley & Me (2008), Imagine Me & You (2005), Tango and Cash (1989), Love & Friendship (2016), Love & Mercy (2014), Benny & Joon (1993), Drake & Josh (2004-2007), Brothers & Sisters (2006-2011), Scott & Bailey (2011-2016), North & South (2004), Secrets & Lies (1996) etc.

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