Design Co. That makes it hard to draw, because so many different shapes might look plausible at first. Its creator was joining the letters e and t , of the Latin word et , meaning "and.
So the type designer is left to wing it, right from the start. In addition to the many ampersands he has designed for his popular typefaces, Spiekermann has an unusual way of drawing ampersands in his day-to-day correspondence, where the character looks like a stylized symbol.
Comedian ISMO on what separates a boot from a trunk. The letter I , for example, would be referred to with the phrase I per se, I , which means in Latin " I by itself is the word I. And it has a strange brief to satisfy, operating on the same scale as letters but never being mistaken for one.
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And why, exactly, do type designers love it so much more than other characters?
The exact date of its appearance is unknown, but the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried the city in volcanic ash, does, as Houston notes, "impose a rather hard upper limit on the possible range of dates. May the ampersand never go extinct, and never be fully tamed.
Perhaps the most epic undertaking of ampersand-ian tribute came in 2010, when over 400 different designers came together to create an entire font made up of nothing but distinctive and unrepeated ampersands. But it would take another thousand years for the ampersand to get its modern name. Build a chain of words by adding one letter at a time.
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At the time, it was common to refer to letters that could also be interpreted as words as per se letters: There are coloring books about ampersands, ampersand-a-day Tumblr blogs , and a whole cottage industry of t-shirt makers working in ampersands.
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Never be caught off guard. Design This lovely pot uses an ancient technique to keep houseplants alive. The first known example of the word ampersand in English is from the late 18th century, but the word's origin lies in a linguistic tradition that dates to several centuries earlier.