Ampersand & Epershand

The word "ampersand" comes from the amalgamation of the phrase "& per se &", where "&" is pronounced as "and". The phrase was common in the 1800s, as it was standard practice to pronounce letter names (as opposed to single letter words like "a") in the form <letter> per se <letter>, and ampersand was considered the 27th letter of the alphabet. "Per se" was used as it means "by itself" in Latin.

An alternate form "epershand" originates from Scotland.

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