07 August 2008

It comes from the Latin

Whenever someone brings up Latin, I am sure many of us run for the door screaming. When I was in high school you had a choice of Latin, French or Spanish. I said "bonjour". I wanted nothing to do with Latin. After all it's a dead language, right? Well I found two website that deal with one part of Latin that we use on a regular basis, the ampersand. It turns out it originated from the Latin for et. This became a scribal abbreviation for and. Can you see it, the e & t put together? To see more examples of ampersand, check out these two websites, The Ampersand and Ampersands.

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