I handwrite ampersands starting at the right, going down-and-to-the-left, curving up and around to make the loop and then down and to the right. This symbol may have entered the script language by way of monastic influence in the time of the early Christian church in Ireland.
There was always a lot of pleasure in this for me, in part because it guarded against taking yourself too seriously. If I were to hand write something for public consumption for some reason, I would most likely just write "and.
I find this curious: Both symbols have their roots in the classical antiquity, and both signs were used throughout the Middle Ages as a representation for the Latin word "et" "and".
Etymology[ edit ] A page from an textbook displaying the alphabet. Figures 1 through 6 The modern ampersand is virtually identical to that of the Carolingian minuscule. Ammons was making his own highly idiosyncratic use of the colon. An ampersand has to be recognisably an ampersand outside of its context in a sentence, IMO.
I was taught the "proper" way to write letters in school, but just the writing ampersand mountain and writing ampersand mountain, not any of the common abbreviations. Later, some of the New York School of poets deployed the exclamation point in similar fashion, even as A.
However, while the ampersand was in origin a common ligature in everyday script, the Tironian "et" was part of a highly specialised stenographic shorthand.
Starting from the top: The Ampersanda blog about ampersands. Apart from this, Unicode also has the following variants: This last phrase was routinely slurred to "ampersand" and the term had entered common English usage by The italic ampersand, to the right, is originally a later et-ligature.
Rebel that I was, I thought the ampersand was just about the coolest thing ever to write, ad did so a la Fiasco da Gama above. I do it like Fiasco, only the other way ie loop down to the left and up, straight up to top right, loop left and down, straight down and right to cross the first line.
I always assumed this was how everybody did them. In the later and more flowing New Roman Cursive, ligatures of all kinds were extremely common; figures 2 and 3 from the middle of 4th century are examples of how the et-ligature could look in this script.
The et-ligature, however, continued to be used and gradually became more stylized and less revealing of its origin figures 4—6. The ampersand is also often shown as a backwards 3 with a vertical line above and below it or a dot above and below it.
The modern-day ampersand is believed to be a descendant of an earlier Latin logogram—a combination of the cursive letters e and t et meaning and —that was part of a shorthand system invented by Marcus Tullius Tiro, secretary and former slave of the Roman writer Cicero.
After the advent of printing in Europe inprinters made extensive use of both the italic and Roman ampersands. The book says that it "has no single standard form".
Thanks for that; from now on I think this is how I will write an ampersand. Just a different font. A double-bowl "g" and a single-bowl "g" look pretty different too. But growing up my mum always used the backwards three with a line looking one.
I used ampersands instead of the word and a lot when I wrote journal poems, which emphasized the spontaneity and improvisational nature of the writing.
She is an RN, and I always assumed it was some kind of professional shorthand. Were ampersands taught to the same degree other letterforms were? The ampersand may still be used as an abbreviation for "and" in informal writing regardless of how "and" is used.
Thinking back, she always used to write "with" as a "c" with a line over it as well.
During the later development of the Latin script leading up to Carolingian minuscule 9th century the use of ligatures in general diminished. As a result, the recitation of the alphabet would end in "X, Y, Z, and per se and".
An example may be seen in M.Mar 11, · How to Draw an & (Ampersand) Two Methods: A Basic Ampersand A Simpler Way Community Q&A. The &, ampersand or 'and sign' is quite difficult to draw. Here are some tips%(). The ampersand (&) may not be the most commonly used symbol in the English language, but it is certainly one of the most beloved.
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Feel free to rotate the ampersand as you are writing in order to achieve a proper angle! As you get to areas where your calligraphy will intersect calligraph you’ve already written, feel free to divide up words!
Aug 10, · When I am writing that style of ampersand, I start at the bottom right, (unless I'm writing it upside-down as the linear logic "par" symbol (and thus start at the top left), ending with the "t" part of the "Et", but I. Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast is a production of Poets & Writers, Inc., and is edited and mixed by Melissa Faliveno.
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