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ampersand


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ampersand  \Am"per*sand\,  n.  [A  corruption  of  and  per  se  and  i. 
  e.,  &  by  itself  makes  and.] 
  A  word  used  to  describe  the  character  ?,  ?,  or  &. 
  --Halliwell. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ampersand 
  n  :  a  punctuation  mark  (&)  used  to  represent  conjunction  and 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  ampersand 
 
    "&"  {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,  per 
  se  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. 
 
  {Take  our  word  for  it 
  (http://www.takeourword.com/Issue010.html)}. 
 
  (2000-10-28) 
 
 




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