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AMPERSAND (a corruption of the mixed ...

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 882 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AMPERSAND (a corruption of the mixed English and Latin phrase, " and per se and," of which there are many dialect forms, as " ampussyand," or " amperseand "), the name of the sign & or &, which is a combination of the letters e, t, of the Lat. et= and. The sign is now usually called " short and." In old-fashioned primers and nursery books the name and sign were always added at the end of the alphabet.
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