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Re: CHAT ampersand (was: noun compounds)

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 7, 2006, 17:51
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> Oh, another handwritten variation I see commonly looks like a > lowercase epsilon (or a backward 3) with vertical lines attached to > the top and bottom. (Sometimes it's a vertical bar all the way > through, but more often I see the two-line version, perhaps with the > lines manifesting as exaggerated serifs on the ends of the thing > instead of additions in the middle.) >
That sounds like the version I've seen from time to time; if it's simple enough, it's very clearly Latin _et_-- an epsilon with the bottom line curved upwards with horizontal line on top, to form a little T or tau...which as I recall is in fact the origin of the symbol Back in the days of handwriting and note-taking, I got in the habit of using ampersand and other abbreviations that don't seem common anymore--- w/ for with, w/o without, and idiosyncratic -ing as a straight line with a descender at the end (inspired IIRC by Gregg shorthand, which I learned but never used much).