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Re: French Ampersand

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, October 31, 2003, 5:51
On Thursday, October 30, 2003, at 05:45 AM, Tristan McLeay wrote:

> Reading <>, I was > told that the French name for & is 'une esperluette, un et commercial, un > et anglais'. The last one means 'an English and', doesn't it? How come > they call it that? I thought we stole it from the French? Do the French > not like ampersands or something?
I don't know about the French attitude to the ampersand, but we didn't nick it from the French. It arose simply from a cursive form of _Latin_ 'et'. Some forms of ampersand still look very much like 'e' and 't' run together. Ray =============================================== (home) (work) ===============================================