Monday, December 27, 2004

The Ampersand

The ampersand does not get fair notoriety for it's value. (An exerpt from a conversation 12/24/2004 with Dave Morris)...

"&" ASCII character 38.Common names: ITU-T, INTERCAL: ampersand; amper; and.
Rare: address (from {C}); reference (from C++); bitand;background (from sh); pretzel; amp.A common symbol for "and", used as the "address of" operator in {C}, the "reference" operator in C++ and a bitwise AND operator in several programming languages.UNIX shells use the character to indicate that a task should be run in the background.
The ampersand is a ligature (combination) of the cursive letters "e" and "t", invented in 63 BC by Marcus Tirus [Tiro?] as shorthand for the Latin word for "and", "et".The word ampersand is a conflation (combination) of "and, perse and". Per se means "by itself", and so the phrase translates to "&, standing by itself, means 'and'". This was at the end of the alphabet as it was recited by children in old English schools. The words ran together and were associated with "&". The "ampersand" spelling dates from 1837.


Blogger Dave Morris said...

Might I ask you to do a two-page entry on the "@" sign and its impact on modern boy bands? Do it from the standpoint of the "~" sign.

11:16 AM  

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