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ampersand

Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. Where did it come from though? The origin of its name is almost as bizarre as the name itself.

The shape of the character (&) predates the word ampersand by more than 1,500 years. In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. Certain versions of the ampersand, like that in the font Caslon, clearly reveal the origin of the shape.

The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand. When a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen. Find out why here.

(The ampersand is also used in an unusual configuration where it appears as “&c” and means etc. The ampersand does double work as the e and t.)

The ampersand isn’t the only former member of the alphabet. Learn what led to the extinction of the thorn and the wynn.

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793 Comments

  1. DAVid -  September 24, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    Writers should pretend that that cannot hyperlink to anything. Instead of saying “find out here” when referring to a fact directly relevant to the article’s discussion, the writer should take the trouble to say, however briefly, what it is he wants the reader to find out about. That text can then include a hyperlink to a lengthier discussion. But strive for a self-contained article as opposed to requiring the reader to scurry aross the Internet to grasp what you are saying. Read a Wikipedia article on science and do the opposite of that.

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  2. sp khangam siro -  August 30, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    i never knew :-D

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  3. Sean -  July 15, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    That’s so cool. Amazing.

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  4. Shayree -  July 15, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    This is crazzy lol. I never knew about this. :D

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  5. BASTA! -  May 2, 2014 - 10:17 am

    “When a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen.”

    Incorrect. Mondegreens are mishearings, not mispronunciations.

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    • uyyyyalex -  May 5, 2014 - 9:48 am

      pimps&hoesss ….pimps up hoes down! northside homieee x4 503 4x
      14 :: vc cant stop wont stop foo ;)

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      • Driftboy -  June 22, 2014 - 11:09 pm

        shiiiid homes, its cold as a trick and its finna get worse on a hitta ya popta, so be a pimp & bring em hoes ouchea so we can cop em brawds jeah! ;-)

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      • SharPhoe -  September 17, 2014 - 1:24 pm

        I think I need a dictionary to translate what you just said.

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    • uyyyyalex -  May 5, 2014 - 9:50 am

      stomp a southsider/scrap vato!!!!

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    • Bella -  May 12, 2014 - 12:38 pm

      uyyyyalex, why the hell did you write that on BASTA!’s comment? lol, whatever

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    • wejiharfuisnd -  June 8, 2014 - 7:55 pm

      “Mondegreens are mishearings, not mispronunciations.”
      Incorrect. Mondegreens are misinterpretations, not mishearings.

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    • wejiharfuisnd -  June 8, 2014 - 7:57 pm

      PS. mishearings isn’t a word, idiot. I’m a 6th grader and I knew that in 2nd grade. (I knew that because I actually thought it was a words, but then my teacher got mad at me for using it!)

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      • WellPlayed -  June 15, 2014 - 10:49 am

        Actually, mishearings is a word. It’s not a word just because your handy little spell-checker put a squiggly red line under it. It’s the present participle of mishearing.
        And if you’re trying to act cool that you’ve learned that in 2nd grade, I suggest you go do your L.A homework, because your literary facts are utterly wrong.

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        • GRAMMAR NAZI -  July 22, 2014 - 3:35 am

          “Actually, mishearings is a word. It’s not a word just because your handy little spell-checker put a squiggly red line under it. It’s the present participle of mishearing.”

          Actually, it’s the present participle of mishear. Busted.

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          • Joshua -  August 23, 2014 - 11:34 pm

            Well played grammar nazi

          • sabrina bobo -  September 6, 2014 - 9:45 am

            cv b1

  6. onlinezinas.blog.com -  May 1, 2014 - 10:07 am

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  7. PX -  April 28, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    Her & I.
    If you are curious who ‘Her’ is, then follow @phillipxiang on Instagram.
    We have photos and videos… of us… making out… etc…

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    • Bella -  May 12, 2014 - 12:39 pm

      wtf

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  8. chris -  April 15, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Excellent info dict.com. Actually sounds believable, too, unlike most of what I find on the internet!

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  9. Lori -  April 1, 2014 - 5:42 am

    History of Language – &

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  10. Quicksilver -  March 19, 2014 - 3:25 am

    “Over time, ‘and per se and’ was slurred together”. These changes were not the result of perennial drunkenness or laziness. They happened because of a natural language process called sandhi, which affects speech sounds at word boundaries.

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    • chris -  April 15, 2014 - 6:13 pm

      otherwise known as a slurring of words you pedantic moron. Where does it say slurring has to be from drunken or disability?

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  11. Someone Over The Rainbow -  March 17, 2014 - 5:43 pm

    #Love&Peace

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  12. CeriCat -  March 17, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    And then we have the thorn (th sound) which fell out of usage with modern printing and the typefaces had no thorn it was replaced frequently with the y which is where all Ye olde time shoppes came in.

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  13. CAS -  March 17, 2014 - 8:54 am

    I bet in the new world of texting and oft-abbreviated online communications that the “&” could very well come back into its own.

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    • BEARFAMILY -  July 22, 2014 - 7:31 am

      R U OK???

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  14. Chad C. -  March 15, 2014 - 8:39 am

    In regard to the percent sign (‘%’), percent means the amount has been divided by 100. The two “bubbles” around the slash likely represent the divisor (100). 60% = 60 / 100

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    • Retired -  July 23, 2014 - 2:24 pm

      Anyone who’s ever paid a real-estate tax knows that a percent sign with two 0’s in the denominator (‰) is read “per mill” and means that the number has been divided by 1,000. For example, if your property-tax rate is 48 mills, you pay 48‰ of the value of your property. (You can find the character on Character Map if you look hard enough. In Times New Roman, it’s almost at the bottom.)

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      • W.J.R.Jeffrie IV -  September 29, 2014 - 12:36 am

        @Retired –
        Awfully sorry, but it looks like you’ve just bitten your own tongue. It makes perfect sense that Chad here was talking about the “two bubbles” as in % …. not ‰. I’ll demonstrate why.

        First, let’s take % apart and see the result:

        o = first “bubble”
        / = virgule
        o = second “bubble”.

        I see rather clearly two zeroes and a virgule there, not three zeroes and a virgule. Now let’s look at ‰, shall we?

        o = first “bubble”
        / = virgule
        o = second “bubble”
        o = third “bubble”…?!

        He would have said, “The /three/ “bubbles” around the slash likely represent the divisor….” if he had meant that it was ‰ (which has 3 zeroes) and not % (which has 2 zeroes…which is precisely what he said).

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  15. Writerbyter -  March 11, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    I always thought the character of an Ampersand ‘&’ came about as a quick writing of ‘et’–the Latin for ‘and’ and that later printmakers and typographers created the ‘&’ character for printing presses and later–typewriters. >0<

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    • chris -  April 15, 2014 - 6:17 pm

      Isn’t that what the article says?

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  16. hectorjay -  March 11, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    The origin of the dollar sign comes from the overlaying of the letters U & S as in “United States” currency. eventually the bottom rocker was omitted leaving the dollar sign as an “S” with two vertical lines superimposed. My dollar sign Key only shows one vertical line instead of two, still suggesting the Dollar Sign.

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  17. Jones -  March 11, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    It’s not unlikely that the percent symbol came from or is related to the fractional notation. x/y is a relationship between two numbers – “x is to y”. Look at the division symbol •/• (the slash is generally more horizontal to completely horizontal) and percent symbol %. The basic difference is whether the circle is empty or filled.

    Perhaps the people who came up with the symbols used them to show whether or not the math is to BE done (•/•) or is ALREADY done (%). After all when you do the math on 3/5 you end up with 60%.

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  18. wolf tamer and iron miner -  March 6, 2014 - 4:04 am

    I agree with RS. Where did the % sign come from? It looks like a fraction…

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  19. RS -  March 4, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Where did % come from? I guess $ came from S (for shilling) and €.

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  20. RS -  March 4, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Where did % come from?

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  21. LEE SIN -  March 4, 2014 - 5:46 am

    e + t =&
    lol

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  22. zeb -  February 26, 2014 - 9:15 am

    Wait a sec…make that “elemenopee”!

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  23. zeb -  February 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Wonder what the letters “L”,”M”, “N”, “O”, and “P” may evolve to? “elomenopee”? Let’s see a symbol for that…

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  24. Mick -  February 12, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    Really cool! I knew it used to be a letter but its naming! Sensational! :)

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  25. Jinx Hunter -  January 23, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    I never knew this was called an “ampersand” and I certainly never would’ve guessed that it WAS a letter in the alphabet. You guys may be wanting that letter back, but I’m gonna lay low on this one. Hmm, amazing

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  26. An Awesome Minecrafter -  January 22, 2014 - 2:00 am

    Yay for mondegreens! ;) They are the underdogs of word evolution.

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  27. 7bombs7bombs7bombsAgain -  January 21, 2014 - 10:14 pm

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  28. I like cats -  January 21, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    meow

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  29. I like cats -  January 21, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    I like cats, and I already knew this! and i’m only 10! but wait what about the and sign I use? the one that looks like a capital b?

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  30. Isaac -  January 20, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    I wonder what the 69th letter of the alphabet would be? O.o :3 lol

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  31. fdtrdtffdrdrrddd -  January 20, 2014 - 11:17 am

    it looks like the and symbol =)

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  32. fdtrdtffdrdrrddd -  January 20, 2014 - 11:16 am

    it looks like the and symbol

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  33. pancakelover27 -  January 19, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    wow! who would’ve guessed?

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  34. mondegreen | PolyglotFun -  January 18, 2014 - 7:59 am

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  35. Riya Patel -  January 16, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    I never knew that, interesting.

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  36. EllaBleu -  January 16, 2014 - 9:51 am

    Am I the only person that thinks of the band Of Mice and Men when I see an ampersand?

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  37. hey -  January 15, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    I THINK THIS IS REALLY WEIRD DON’T U? -_- -.- :) :( :0 :O :o :D D: (<——-some of my faces when I was reading this)

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  38. Isaac -  January 13, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    *mind blown*

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  39. Liliana -  January 12, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    wow, & is a letter!?

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  40. Oleg -  January 11, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    I would like to know about why the letter “s” was written elongated sometimes, resembling the “f” letter.

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  41. An Awesome Minecrafter With Awesome Minecrafting Friends -  January 10, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    @Erika:
    It is a symbol for “and.” Which is why it’s better off as a symbol rather than a letter.

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  42. Gordy Angster -  January 10, 2014 - 11:49 am

    The extinction of a letter
    Not a very usual thing to hear or think about and yet it happens every once in a while

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  43. BigFatWhiteGuy -  January 10, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Eminem is the same as an M&M. Hard on the outside and black on the inside. Also, Jesus&Mary sittin in a gutter….hehehehe. It sucks to be white :(

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  44. StarryMountain -  January 9, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    How about the letters “Þ” and “Д, which used to be in the English alphabet but are no longer. They were both replaced by “th”. I would love to know why/how.

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  45. lol cute ;) -  January 9, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    awesome, neva knew dat!

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  46. Erika -  January 9, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    I thought it was some sort of symbol for “and” that’s what I was tought.

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  47. krumble1 -  January 9, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    So then, could I substitute “&” for “et” in words like Chevrol& (Chevrolet), s& (set), or quart& (quartet)? :)

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  48. Jellicle -  January 9, 2014 - 10:27 am

    “&: The Extraterrestrial” Sounds like Spielberg has a new hit.

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  49. LOL -  January 9, 2014 - 6:06 am

    Im cool

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  50. Me -  January 8, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    Is M&M’s a word? If it is, there might be many other words you can create. If there are, are there any words with ampersands (&) in them in Dictionary.com?

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  51. why do you want my name -  January 8, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    i think hat it was smart to remove that letter. you can not put & in any word, can you? and that is the whole purpose of the alphabet

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  52. Chuck -  January 8, 2014 - 10:49 am

    I agree Hunter.

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  53. hunter -  January 8, 2014 - 10:47 am

    losers

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  54. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 8, 2014 - 2:46 am

    We still sing this in the alphabet song: “W, X, Y, _&_ Z.” I’m kind of surprised no one commented that this should NOT be a letter because it stands for a word rather than a sound. But then, judging from the fact that many of you did not know the information contained in the article, I wouldn’t expect many of you to realize that. Get a life, people!

    @Evan:
    “Et cetera” is Latin for “and the rest.” It’s used when you have a long list of similar things and you don’t want to list all of them: “She has every kind of novel imaginable – sci-fi, romance, adventure, etc.”

    @Chika:
    I agree, I just call it a squiggle. I use it after a quotation, just before the name of whoever said the quotation. In the font Footlight MT Light, this: – looks like this: ~, only tilted.

    @Antinus Maximus:
    No. Dictionary.com IS my Facebook. ;)

    @boobookittybang:
    Wow, you’re right. I never thought of it that way before! :)

    jamya – April 19, 2012 – 2:46 p.m.
    wow i dont have a face book but this is the next best thing to it ik im a weirdo <3

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  55. Cheri -  January 7, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    That’s so funny I didn’t know that

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  56. Judith Singer -  November 18, 2013 - 8:20 am

    To Shah Danyal who asked about the origin of “et al.” : “et” of course means and “al.” is an abbreviation of “alia”, meaning “others”. It means “and others” and is generally used only when referring to people. If only “al” is used rather than “alia”, “al” should have a period as befits an abbreviation.

    Evan: “et cetera” means “and the rest”, and can be read simply as that. There is an implication though that it means a little more specifically “and the rest of such thing things” so that the things referred to but not named should be of the same nature as the ones expressed.

    “et seq.” (figured I’d toss that in) is an abbreviation for the Latin “et sequentes” or “et sequentia”, meaning “and that which follows.” Itis used almost exclusively in law or academic articles.

    Ethan: “W” as a vowel: most Scrabble players know, and are grateful for, the word “cwm”, which is the Welsh term for a valley or more specifically a cirque (“a steep bowl-shaped hollow occurring at the upper end of a mountain valley, especially one forming the head of a glacier or stream.” – standard definition used by many dictionaries). It is pronounced “coom”. Remember that “W” is “double u”, not “double V” notwithstanding the way it is written in print, and “double u” as a vowel pronounced “oo” makes sense.

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  57. john -  October 22, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    (\__/)
    (=^.^=)
    (“)_(“)

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  58. john -  October 22, 2013 - 12:25 pm

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  59. john -  October 22, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    I think I should spread that to the world.
    Hey world there was a 27th letter :)

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  60. Erica’s Errors: Company names -  October 3, 2013 - 8:22 am

    [...] Ltd. (limited), LLC (limited liability company), etc. (et cetera). Some names include and, some an ampersand, and some start with the. What are the [...]

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  61. Hannah -  September 30, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    weird that is.

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  62. William -  September 24, 2013 - 10:25 am

    The combination of “oe” or “ae” as in foetus and Caesar are essentially diphthongs pronounced as one sound. They have been bonded, forming a ligature to produce one sound, not two. Some in English once had a dieresis (2 dots) over a vowel when two vowels came together as in the word oogonium, which I thing is a spore. In German they use an umlaut; in French it’s a dierese, and I think it’s a trema in Spanish.

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  63. David -  September 16, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    I didn’t know that either LOL and my teacher was like, OMGYG2BK!

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  64. Anonymous -  August 19, 2013 - 12:30 am

    That was freakin awesome to know I bet u no-one knew that

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  65. kid -  July 24, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    Can’t wait to see the comments pass 1000!

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  66. Bamboo -  July 24, 2013 - 6:48 pm

    I could careless about the post…the comments are what’s amazing!!

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  67. Dragon -  July 24, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    look at the amount of comments! amazing they haven’t blocked it yet…

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  68. Sam -  July 15, 2013 - 5:44 pm

    lol i’m the 700th comment

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  69. _____________ -  June 25, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    THATS SOOOOOOOOO COOL I DIDNT KNOW THAT WOAH AWESOME

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  70. Arslan -  June 25, 2013 - 4:31 am

    That’s amazing!!! I never listened before……..

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  71. Naveen -  June 7, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    I have learn a lot I become intelligent

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  72. Gazza -  May 29, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    Etcetera actually is Latin for “and again”. Spelt Et Cetera

    :-)

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  73. Ethan -  May 26, 2013 - 1:01 am

    I agree, BOBBY BLUEBEAR

    :0

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  74. BOBBY BLUEBEAR -  May 22, 2013 - 10:01 am

    I think that the true engish literature was among the aglo saxons as they created many charcters in our alphabet today such as the letters ‘F’ and ‘U’ – anyway thats what I read.

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  75. BJ Davis -  May 17, 2013 - 10:59 am

    Wonderful comments with incredible information. Everyone should participate in dialogue like this. I’ve learned so much just reading about the ‘&’. Thanks everyone!

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  76. Sac a main Guess -  May 14, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    What’s up colleagues, its wonderful article regarding educationand entirely explained, keep it up all the time.

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  77. Sepehr -  May 11, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    here comes a new letter!

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  78. Sepehr -  May 11, 2013 - 6:59 pm

    It’s just awesome.

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  79. Sepehr -  May 11, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Wow

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  80. SkythekidRS -  April 29, 2013 - 6:54 am

    For example, shoes, pants, &c. By the way the & in the picture is butter.

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  81. Ishwar -  April 18, 2013 - 10:14 pm

    Awesome, just awesome…

    A very nice read and a great article!

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  82. Jeff -  March 18, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    (Jon, et al): Characters that are tied together (ae, oe, fi, and so forth) are called “ligatures” (meaning tied together). Many modern electronic fonts have them. Some fonts have tem in separate versions, sometimes called “extended fonts” or “expert fonts.”

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  83. Carol McAuliffe -  March 6, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    How did this sign @ get started???

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  84. John Hay -  February 23, 2013 - 3:35 pm

    Okay, we got rid of the ‘&’; now we can start bulldozing ‘x’.

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  85. REV B R JONES -  February 20, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    I recall, in 1949, Mrs. Omadel Reed taught us kindergarteners the alphabet adding “ampersand” at the end. It we never mentioned, however, after I commenced into grade school, consequently I was grown before I knew what the Sam Hill she was talking about.

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  86. epicassassinninja -  February 12, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    I didn’t know there was a 27th letter of the alphabet.Maybe we can use it in the future.

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  87. abby10648 -  February 8, 2013 - 11:39 am

    i wish it still was…….. it would make life much easier. :\

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  88. Charles -  January 29, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    USA and United States of America
    Which one is acronym and which one is antonym?
    Help!

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  89. Zoey -  January 17, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    I’d be cool if LMFAO became a letter
    I’d be like the band

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  90. Epichackermunkey -  January 10, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    oh dear god .-.

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  91. kisha -  January 3, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    good

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  92. rik -  December 19, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Jon those are letters in french the combined letters

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  93. DISHA -  December 11, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!i did not know that

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  94. Madison -  December 11, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    OMG i did not know that it is soooooooo insteresting
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

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  95. BaiYun -  December 3, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Wow, that’s pretty awesome.

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  96. atutor -  November 27, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    w would be a good one is it two u.s or its own letter and what does it mean and the q. is it related to the g? the x too! and last where do I find the next post about this topic?

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  97. Kristonn -  November 27, 2012 - 10:30 am

    ” Wow Interesting I my self didn’t know that Cool and I Am A Sixth Grader .!

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  98. random guy -  November 25, 2012 - 8:35 am

    :P :P :D random stuff

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  99. carrie -  November 21, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    wow i’m flabberasted never would have guessed!!!!!!! :p

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  100. suckER -  November 20, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& is so awesome!!!! but doesn’t it go “Y & Z”?

    :D :) :( :P
    ————–. that’s spit. :D is : and D, :) is : and ), same thing with everything.

    SO BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  101. ELO333 -  November 18, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    OHHHH… so that’s why we say, “Y and Z”… or, “Y & Z”

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  102. Tiffany -  November 18, 2012 - 9:10 am

    :) :( :D

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  103. Tiffany -  November 18, 2012 - 9:09 am

    weird:):(:D

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  104. Lil angel24/7 -  November 18, 2012 - 6:42 am

    Wow, I do use that “letter” every day ;)

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  105. Jacob -  November 17, 2012 - 9:01 am

    Don’t we still use “and” when we say the alphabet? W X Y and Z

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  106. Mikki -  November 16, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    WOW!! THAT IS SO, SO INTERESTING!! :)

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  107. Miami catering -  November 15, 2012 - 9:16 pm

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  108. Valentina -  November 15, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    I just called it the and sign….I never knew there was a 27th letter!

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  109. jeavon -  November 15, 2012 - 1:21 am

    lol that so cool i learnt something 2 day hehehe :0

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  110. sweet brown -  November 14, 2012 - 7:38 am

    AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!?

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  111. no one in particular -  November 13, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    I think that it is dumb to have 27 letters in the alphabet. 26 is enough. It doesn’t even look like a letter, just a random symbol that someone decided should be a letter. We went from 24 letters, to 26 letters and now people are confusing us with 27 letters. Also, this is something lol my friend showed me. :8(0)!!!!! Old Grandpa!

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  112. Kevyn -  November 12, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    And here I thought that I was the only person who randomly looked at stuff like this on the internet…I had no clue that as many people as this were interested in random bits of info.

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  113. colin -  November 12, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    why does everyone assume it was the last letter? -_- maybe it was before “a” or in the middle or something. and by the way, these guys were right. there’s 2 b’s in the article on dolce & gabbana

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  114. LillyR -  November 10, 2012 - 8:12 pm

    I already knew it was called the ampersand… And I’ve always said “y and z” not “y, z, and,” so I wasn’t really surprised upon finding out it was part of the alphabet at one point.

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    • CONGRATULATIONS -  September 16, 2014 - 6:59 am

      this is the most useless internet comment of 2012!!

      Reply
  115. Anonymus:) -  November 8, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    (\__/)
    (=^.^=)
    (“)_(“)
    .

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  116. Anonymus:) -  November 8, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    And/& this is cool. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

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  117. reiley -  November 7, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    omg

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  118. reiley -  November 7, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    fascinating! but why dont they use it now????????? wait sorry i know. but sooooooooooooooo coooooooooooooooool

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  119. anthony -  November 7, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&!!!!!!!!!!
    thats so cool!!!!!!

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  120. solidad -  November 6, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    thats so coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

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  121. doylan -  November 6, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww:):(

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  122. Nathaniel -  November 5, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    Wow! Never knew that! Maybe $,@, and* follow
    the same thing LOL

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  123. David Spain -  November 4, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    Use an ampersand [&] as a conjunctive within clauses (where Latin uses –que) and the conjunctive ‘and’ between clauses (where Latin uses et). Never use ‘and’ within a clause.

    As regards distinguishing between these levels of conjunction, English as commonly used is at present syntactically deficient & inferior. However, English is a living language and this can be rectified by awareness & discipline. The ampersand is pronounced ’n’.

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  124. Josh -  November 4, 2012 - 11:21 am

    IMPOSSIBRU! hahahaha cool

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  125. merry lucas -  November 1, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    wow .

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  126. Josh B -  November 1, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    furthermore miss moo, you seem to have the intelligence of a small abandoned ape with no sense of sight, hearing, or smell, emphasis on smell.

    Frankly, I must say you rather smell like one too.

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  127. Josh B -  November 1, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    A,B, C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z, &.

    Samantha Moo or whatever, I went to private school. You should really check out Bo’s page. Random facts. I am a 6th grader in public school now and happier. So if you would kindly stop making people such as my self feel inferior and unimportant, it would be a widely appreciated gesture.

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  128. Tahseen -  October 30, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    We also learned what @,etc, and i.e means. The one article where latin actually helps you understand something…

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  129. Tahseen -  October 30, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    It is so cool how & is the 27th letter of the alphabet because in latin we just learned all about it and the latin word et. I dont know why they got rid of it…..

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  130. suckERS's brother -  October 30, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    TOMMOROW IS HALLOWEEN SO GET DRESS UP PEOPLE! LOL YAY LOL YAY LOL

    I AGREE WITH MY BROTHER JON A NERD

    OK!!!! AMPERSEN AND IS A ??????? LOSER!OK? PLZ LISTIN ][]LOSER LOSER LOSER LOSER IS U

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  131. suckERS -  October 30, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    JON REAL NERD(JUST KIDING, U ARE, IF U READ THIS) ~ IS THE COOF, OK? I LIKE THE GUY WHO MADE -COOF-!!!!!!!!!

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  132. Alexis -  October 29, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    Coolio! &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& :)

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  133. SHayes -  October 29, 2012 - 11:12 am

    you learn something new everyday. :)

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  134. shyam -  October 29, 2012 - 7:40 am

    wow
    omg

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  135. Caitlyn -  October 23, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    In what position was this “letter” in?

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  136. purple -  October 23, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Wow. I never new. :)

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  137. alyna -  October 23, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    thats cool

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  138. minecraft -  October 23, 2012 - 2:28 am

    LOL I didn’t know that

    Thanks dictionary.com

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  139. eriexid840 -  October 22, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    never knew dat. :O

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  140. Alex -  October 22, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    eeeeeeeppppppppiiiiiiccccccccc B)

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  141. Alex -  October 22, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    i’ve been using that symbol and i never knew it was a letter! :D

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  142. Alex -  October 22, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! never knew that!

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  143. kaylea -  October 21, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    thats cool :) did anyone notice though it looks like a guy dragging his but on the floor & O.o

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  144. seraffyn -  October 20, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Oh and, samantha monroe, clearly the world is a much brighter place because it has you in it!

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  145. seraffyn -  October 20, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Why is ‘W’ called ‘double U’ instead of ‘double V’? Clearly it looks like two V’s close together, not U’s. I’ve always wondered about that.

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  146. Nofoyo -  October 18, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Hey, i just noticed something, when you say, “A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,” and so on, until the letters,”X,Y, & Z” DONT YOU SEE?!?!?!? THE WORD AND (&) IS IN IT!!!!!!!!

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  147. Mia -  October 16, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    NERDY NUMMIES!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  148. Mia -  October 16, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    This is pretty cool,but to long.

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  149. TayTay -  October 16, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    THAT IS SOOOOO COOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!! I would have never thought of that :)

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  150. Jenna -  October 16, 2012 - 8:04 am

    I didn’t know that.. lol

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  151. brian -  October 15, 2012 - 7:36 pm

    Daemon
    awesome to learn about this its coooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllll

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  152. kat -  October 15, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    WHAT THE HECK !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    :P

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  153. Amanda :) -  October 15, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    That’s so weird, considering that we are STILL using that symbol.

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  154. marisol -  October 14, 2012 - 5:04 pm

    that is so cool
    &
    :P

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  155. sheree -  October 11, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    I did not know that

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  156. Broniez4Eva -  October 10, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    LOL.

    “X, Y, Z, and and!” :P

    Cool.

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  157. Shayla -  October 9, 2012 - 9:28 am

    That is sooooooooooooooooooooo cool and to know that! I had no ideal that “and” was apart of the alphabet ever. I feel smarter than a 5th grader. LOL!!!!!! I can’t to go share with my kids.

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  158. someone -  October 7, 2012 - 11:45 pm

    wow i never knew that cooool

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  159. Zoë M. -  October 6, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    Higlac- i thought “umlaut” was the name for the two dots over a vowel, like ë….if its not, then what is???

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  160. Danna -  October 4, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    WOW LOL NEVER KNEW THAT!!! :)

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  161. Kathleen -  October 4, 2012 - 5:35 pm

    Fascinating! Thanks for the history of this symbol.

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  162. AttaUr Rehman -  October 2, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    what is civil engineering material and concrete tecnology

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  163. Devin -  October 1, 2012 - 6:24 pm

    Some people mentioned the ~ line. That (key) is called the tilde key. BUT that line is not the the tilde. This ` is the tilde. (Not to be confused with the apostrophe: ‘ ). I usually say it is a squiggly or wavy line. But MY question is, what are these: { } called. My math teacher called them fancy brackets, but it is clear that is not the name.

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  164. SILLYGIRL -  September 30, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    This is so awesome!

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  165. Me -  September 26, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    I knew that I learened that in Kindergarden

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  166. kyle -  September 24, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    what is this, * ,called?

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  167. Emily R -  September 24, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    This is the best thing I’ve ever read.

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  168. Max Nocerino -  September 19, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Never even crossed my mind that they originally had a 27th letter in the alphabet, amazing.

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  169. Joe -  September 18, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Cwrth is also a word
    So W is a vowel in some cases

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  170. Geek Me « Alberty's Blah Blah Blog -  September 18, 2012 - 7:13 am

    [...] “The Hot Word” article from Dictionary.com sprung a few surprises on me. First, that the ampersand was an ancient Latin creation, the cursive amalgam of e and t for “et,” the Latin word for “and.” But it wasn’t named until the 1800s. Seriously. [...]

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  171. Trenity -  September 17, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t know that! So coooool ”&” weird at the same time. I’m telling my friends ”&” family about that sooooooooooooo cooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  172. katelyn -  September 17, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    i did not know that thanks

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  173. katelyn -  September 17, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllllllllll

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  174. Dr. A. Cula -  September 17, 2012 - 5:30 am

    I’m gonna ask people who know what an ampersand is to say “and per se and” and see if they come up with ampersand. Thanks for the tongue twister.

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  175. Dominique -  September 13, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    Nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrdah! Wow, i’m a little scared. I actually found that INTERESTING. am I crazy?! OMG WTH…lMHO! lololololol!!!!! ^ v ^

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  176. nathan -  September 12, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    wow i had no idea that & was a letter in the alphabet!!!!!

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  177. Sam -  September 11, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    What about the hash tag #?

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  178. Logan -  September 11, 2012 - 8:08 am

    I had NO IDEA that there were any letters DELETED from the alphabet, and I’m supposed to be a SPELLING GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  179. Errorness -  September 10, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    That’s…weird…

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  180. Jessica -  September 8, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    Wow I always thought it was just the short form of and

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  181. Jasmine -  September 7, 2012 - 1:12 pm
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  182. Jasmine -  September 7, 2012 - 1:10 pm
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  183. gary -  September 7, 2012 - 7:15 am

    I didn’t even know that.

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  184. scotty baller -  September 6, 2012 - 9:00 am

    This is rachet

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  185. ESC -  September 6, 2012 - 1:31 am

    In ‘et cetera’ there is an ‘et’ in ‘cetera’, so could it be ‘& c&era”?

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  186. Jam M. -  September 5, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    OMG ( GASP ) I never knew this! This is sssssssssssssooooooooooooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m like totally going to send this to my friends “&” families! BTW I’m also going to tell them how cool HOTword is! Tee Hee!

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  187. error -  September 4, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    AWSOME!!

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  188. samantha monroe -  August 30, 2012 - 5:52 pm

    I already knew that, you all are stupid if you didn’t know that. Clearly you all went to public school ,because you would have known this if you all would have gone to private school like me they teach you everything there. The only reason I am on the site because my sister did not know what she was doing,and typed in dicktionary and it brought her here. that is how she spelled it not me. Obviously I know the alphabet and how to spell.Thank you for spending time reading my post. That just goes to show that any of you have lives .Bye! :)

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  189. On-One Inportant -  August 30, 2012 - 8:48 am

    :( Spelled my name wrong..

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  190. On-One Inportant -  August 30, 2012 - 8:48 am

    Cool did not know that…

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  191. Katlyn -  August 29, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    Wow! A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, W, X, Y, Z, &

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  192. Melvin -  August 29, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    i still sing it like that but i never knew this lol

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  193. Rodney -  August 28, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    So ampersand doesn’t seem to have ever been a proper letter, but a word–since it signifies a conjunction, and not a sound for building words, like all the other letters are.

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  194. L -  August 14, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    Discovery! Wow & Wow!

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  195. Yhu'r Mom -  August 13, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    .______________________________. Uhmmm, Hi.! (/.\) c:

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  196. XD -  August 13, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    -_______- People And Their Dumb Comments… Smh.

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  197. Yhu'r Mom -  August 13, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    Bwahahahahaha.! Uhmmm ._____. … Hi.! (/.\)

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  198. Dual Blade -  August 13, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Wow… Such letter is a loner…:/

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  199. Olivia -  August 12, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    THATS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i <3 this site

    now i can use & with pride.

    ok here it is: the @ symbol. WHY is there a circle there?!?!??!!? it drives me crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  200. spiwarc -  August 11, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Makes sence when kids sing a-b-c…x-y-&-z but didn’t know it used to follow the z rather than precede it.

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  201. mehguy -  August 11, 2012 - 1:13 am

    hmm… very interesting :3

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  202. Emily -  August 8, 2012 - 10:56 pm

    is that why we sometimes sing “w, x, y, AND, z” so it sound better than singing “w, x, y, z, and per se and”

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  203. WOW -  July 31, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    Cool but what are the origins of : !@#$^*,?/>. and~ ?

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  204. MX -  July 30, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    You should write about the relationship between 8 and the infinity symbol.

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  205. Ray -  July 27, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    ‘Awww—Come–on–”

    1. When, did the Romans-themselves of the 1st century write in minuscule font–? They wrote in majuscule… “ET”

    2. Uncial (rounded uppercase “ƐƬ ƸƮ”) came along in the 3rd, century…

    3. And none of your examples, and, none of the available fonts on a major word-processing-app, show anything nearly, like, the origin of the “&”-form (so it doesn’t show: but must be told) that it was like an uncial-E-crossed… like the way we write ‘Rx’ as R-crossed (Latin for R[eceive] or R[emedy])…

    4. And, I prefer the E-vertical-slash which itself is probably based on the abbreviation for ET, E-apostrophe, (apostrophe indicates letters skipped)… like the C-slash ₵¢₡ for C[ents], and the S-slash $ for dollars (but that’s another story, probably for promoting the S[ilver-dollar])…

    5. And– we finally note, that, the Wingding-& happens to be particularly popular these days (beginning Friday)  especially in gold… GO $!

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  206. Somebody -  July 26, 2012 - 2:06 am

    This is very interesting! Never heard before!

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  207. Adam -  July 24, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    Oh…. that’s why we say “Y and Z”… or “Y & Z”

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  208. srikusumanjali -  July 24, 2012 - 6:58 am

    THANK YOU !

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  209. Michael brown -  July 21, 2012 - 4:43 am

    I would like to know the Origen of the @ symbol. In English we refer to it as “at” but in Spanish it is known as arroba. What is the correct English term for this simbol?

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  210. Chris -  July 18, 2012 - 8:41 am

    WHOAman……no idea

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  211. Postman -  July 17, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    Do V, W, X and Y have a derivative relationship?

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  212. Hatsune Miku -  July 17, 2012 - 2:01 am

    Hi! It Hatsune Miku! Ampersand is very unusual and very ironic. But good to know. ^_^

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  213. wearelegion -  July 14, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    I take it there are a lot of youngsters who replied to this. A 50s kid would know this unless the wool blanket of the 70s was pulled over their eyes prematurely. Schools don’t take the time to teach kids to write cursively as they did when I was a lad. Penmanship was something teachers were pretty strict about in elementary school as it was one of the tools that got you through the rest of your education. There were no computers or word processors and not every family had a typewriter lying about. Homework was handwritten no matter the subject and your grades could suffer if illegible. Multipaged essays were a true test of one’s ability to write. The ampersand was something I learned about early in life and used in my essays. Some teachers were impressed that I knew to use such.
    I would like to see a random sampling of handwritten essays from students in today’s high schools/colleges.

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  214. Joe -  July 13, 2012 - 10:43 pm

    Why do they teach children X, Y, Z, AND now I know my A, B,C,’s next time won’t you sing with me?

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  215. Johnny -  July 13, 2012 - 1:23 am

    Aww!! This is cool… Like me.. :P

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  216. latoya -  July 12, 2012 - 8:49 am

    wow. that’s so cool!

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  217. anonymouse -  July 11, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    to me i think tht waz retarded and alysha wat ever ur name is you and jon are retarded u to should go out ill call the retard couple ur wedding present a leather helmet and a drule cup lol.

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  218. Im Awesome -  July 9, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    oh and tim you left this post on my birthday! cool! 8)
    lol.
    rofl!
    lolz
    lmao
    and on and on and on……
    C’ya Guys! I’m AWESOME! 8) 8D

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  219. Im Awesome -  July 9, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    lolz i use that word everday except i dont say ampersand i do & rofl i didnt even know what it was called! hahahahhaha 8) :)

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    • BEAR -  July 22, 2014 - 7:36 am

      S&CASTLES

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  220. Faith Maurice -  July 9, 2012 - 7:22 am

    Unknown on April 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Anyone know what “Emancipation” means?

    @ unknown: emancipation is the act of freeing something or someone, emancipating them. It comes from the Latin noun emancipationem.
    For example, the Emancipation Declaration signed by President Abraham Lincoln stated that the US civil war was the war to free or “emancipate” the African-American slaves.

    Amadudin on June 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

    alway wanted to know whats is the name for this sign. >>> #

    @Amadudin: # I believe this is called an octothorpe

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  221. Doodle guy -  July 9, 2012 - 5:44 am

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  222. krislyn -  July 6, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    whooo thats so cool its so cool its really was really different backthan cool :P :D
    <3

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  223. tim -  July 1, 2012 - 6:23 am

    So ampersand was once in the alphabet? Oooh im going to sing the alphabet diff from everyone else now. :)

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  224. hollie wright -  June 29, 2012 - 5:50 am

    hi this is so kwl lol <3 sxxxx!!! ! !!! ! ! etrodtkdzgjdzr

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  225. matt -  June 28, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    So, does this hold up in court?? I’m being sued by a company with “and” in its name, but court papers have “&” in name??????????? Anyone???

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  226. LB -  June 28, 2012 - 11:02 am

    I believe it could still be there which is clearly evident in the singing of the ABC’s…
    W, X, Y & Z. I vote we count it!

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  227. Whats a name? -  June 27, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    LAST! no little person can sneak up behind me again!

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  228. Mini Wembo -  June 27, 2012 - 11:11 am

    I genuinely enjoyed reading about this ‘and per se and’ now I can boast about my knowledge and how so totally clever I am! ;P

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  229. hehehehe -  June 27, 2012 - 8:03 am

    neat!!! ty dictionary.com!! lol

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  230. Ranya -  June 27, 2012 - 1:02 am

    I never knew that! but… how come?

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  231. LJ -  June 26, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    … where’d my “ly” go in Seriously? You might have had the same issue… LOL! :)

    LJ

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  232. LJ -  June 26, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    Very interesting….Well done. Just one catch… the mouse rollover for the pix, the word ampersand needs edited… ; ) No worries. If you are hiring an editor, let me know! Serious, well done.

    Best regards,

    LJ

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  233. Viljuskari -  June 26, 2012 - 3:50 am

    Hello, awesome website. All of the topics you posted on were very interesting. I tried to add in your RSS feed to my news reader and it a couple of.
    1

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  234. shrey@...... -  June 24, 2012 - 3:22 am

    I wud luv 2 knw……….frm wer……..’@’ ………….’#'……………….. ‘=’ n other symbols originated……..!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ……………..odrwise d info bout……’&’…………ws f@b….. :D….. :-O
    gnna share it wid ma frndzz…… :) :)lol!!!!!!!
    thnxx dictionary.com …………. ;)

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  235. shrey@...... -  June 24, 2012 - 3:06 am

    wooooaaa………..its..rely coooool 2 knw such @m@zing facts…….
    per se…….lol!!!! ;)

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  236. sonia -  June 23, 2012 - 10:52 pm

    Finding that out was so freakin AMAZIIIING!!! :D
    wow …. just unbelievable

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  237. Effi -  June 20, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    where does & go in the abc song?

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  238. me -  June 19, 2012 - 1:27 am

    coolios

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  239. lkw -  June 18, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    wwwwwwwwwwwwooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  240. Anna -  June 15, 2012 - 12:41 pm

    Well you learn something new every day! Another factoid for my next quiz night!!!

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  241. ohin -  June 14, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    lol

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  242. Lavern Avant -  June 14, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    I love it, “and per se and”. Learning is so wonderful.

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  243. tupoun -  June 14, 2012 - 9:19 am

    “Very cool – thanks. I had an international technology instructor ask me once about the symbol “@”. We refer to it as the “at” symbol, but he would ask his students if they knew of another name for it. One of his northern European students referred to it as a “schnabel A”, with the “schnabel” being the word for what an elephant has on its face – its trunck. Wonder if there is another name for the “@” symbol.”

    In Czech we call it “zavináč”. It means rollmop :D

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  244. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa -  June 14, 2012 - 12:11 am

    Why not trying to say this to everyone:
    Alpha Kenny Body
    or even better:
    You’re Sofa King Gay

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  245. Galadriel -  June 13, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    omg sooooooooo coool that is pretty knifty

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  246. Shadow -  June 13, 2012 - 1:14 pm

    Another interesting question, would be the purpose behind symbols such as {} and [] and what makes them different from (). I am also interested in the history of | and now the letter I, but the little line which shares a key with the \.

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  247. Shadow -  June 13, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    I would like to know about the ~ sign. I use it all the time when I’m happy, but to be honest, I’m not quitre certain of its purpose. Either that, or I would like to know what ` is for, and what seperates it from its akin cousin ‘.

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  248. dinolvr93 -  June 5, 2012 - 9:03 am

    i want a taco
    i cannot have one right now :(

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  249. Vanessa -  June 2, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    Yet again, agree with John but this is cool also!Never noe abt this!

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  250. Question Mark -  June 2, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    Where does dictionary.com get all of this information? After reading this, I tried to find out more online (like why it was taken off), and I couldn’t find anything!

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  251. Greg York -  June 2, 2012 - 8:59 am

    Shouldn’t that be: Which character was removed from the alphabet…?

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  252. Amadudin -  June 1, 2012 - 10:56 am

    alway wanted to know whats is the name for this sign. >>> #

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  253. Stacy -  May 30, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    i could have sworn “&” was the shorter way of writing “and ” i geuss we learn something new everyday.

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  254. logan&paddy -  May 30, 2012 - 6:34 am

    cool & exiting. Cause knowledge is power! :)

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  255. Queen -  May 28, 2012 - 8:51 am

    wierd! WEIRD! tnk goodess it was removed from the alphabeth! i wonder how i would have bit my mouth to pronouce that when i was a child

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  256. ryan -  May 28, 2012 - 12:47 am

    good grief!!!!!!

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  257. tigress -  May 27, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    May I say some thing? I read all of these comments,some are quite rude and about the ‘and per se and’ that I get but where would this letter be? 1st or last?

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  258. Julie -  May 27, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    Ya and the symble @ is on the number 2, and & is on number 7.
    27!

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  259. Jenny -  May 27, 2012 - 3:36 am

    Interesting

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  260. You don't know me!! -  May 26, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    That’s AWESOME!!! I wonder where it would be in the alphabet!!??
    @}–;–’—

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  261. zombie -  May 26, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    johnson & johnson…………..isnt that some sort of law firm?

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  262. Saumil Padhya -  May 26, 2012 - 5:04 am

    Wow man! That’s awesome!

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  263. Matthew -  May 25, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    I completely agree with Zed. Can’t believe everybody is just lapping this up without a thought. The etymology is interesting but calling the ampersand a letter is lazy and wrong.

    Zed on May 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm
    Lets remind ourselves of what an alphabet is: definition3. any such system for representing the sounds of a language. (Dictionary.com).

    Ampersand , &, is not representing a sound, but is a short hand version of “Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t.” then it does not belong to an alphabet.

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  264. unknown -  May 24, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    Didn’t know that…so that’s TOTALLY AAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  265. sarah -  May 24, 2012 - 11:12 am

    wow

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  266. sarah -  May 24, 2012 - 11:11 am

    wow……… amazing

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  267. chris -  May 23, 2012 - 2:47 am

    awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  268. Aj Five -  May 23, 2012 - 12:05 am

    wow …..! its really an interesting thing to know..
    thanks for a new information

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  269. makda -  May 22, 2012 - 2:20 am

    wooooww it’s great to know such simple things that not everybody knows.

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  270. Cindi -  May 21, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    This would’ve messed us up if Sesame Street tried to en-corporate this into their songs over the years! Very cool though!

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  271. natalie -  May 21, 2012 - 7:55 am

    There’s a symbol that combines the question mark and the exclamation point. It’s called the interrobang. :D

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  272. HuBBaBuBBa -  May 18, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    ha!!
    lol!!
    I can’t believe it!!
    seriously?!
    &?
    &?!

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  273. Gina -  May 18, 2012 - 3:15 am

    Do you guys at dictionary.com know why some old documents (I believe the Declaration of Independence was one) has some “S”s replaces by an “F”?

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  274. nandkishor b -  May 17, 2012 - 3:29 am

    Thanks for knolwdge

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  275. Jessica -  May 15, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I NEVER KNEW THIS NICE TO KNOW NOW I CAN BRAG TO ME FRIENDS ABOUT THIS YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

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  276. Ericka -  May 15, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    That is sooooooo bizzare! strange, too! l;

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  277. RetracO77 -  May 15, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Whoa.

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  278. Kewl -  May 15, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    OSMOSIS

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  279. Phil the great -  May 14, 2012 - 11:52 pm

    WOW!!!

    I am sooooooooooooooooo surprised!

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  280. Zed -  May 14, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    Lets remind ourselves of what an alphabet is: definition3. any such system for representing the sounds of a language. (Dictionary.com).

    Ampersand , &, is not representing a sound, but is a short hand version of “Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t.” then it does not belong to an alphabet.

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  281. Dave -  May 14, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Thats nuts going to tell my parents right now

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  282. 5 star -  May 13, 2012 - 3:40 am

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  283. Ronnie D -  May 11, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    So cool! I LOVE words. I want to be a wordsmith when I grow up.

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  284. mr. cool -  May 11, 2012 - 6:29 am

    taylee spelled abreviation wrong but i still agree

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  285. mr. cool -  May 11, 2012 - 6:19 am

    me bored! very bored

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  286. mr. cool -  May 11, 2012 - 6:18 am

    anything else like this

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  287. mr. cool -  May 11, 2012 - 6:17 am

    that is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo coooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!

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  288. roman -  May 10, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    im bored

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  289. roman -  May 10, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    jkjk

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  290. Sara -  May 10, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    OMG! That is so crazy!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. U forgot DERF!

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  291. Havana Brown Fan -  May 9, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    Love you lily!xoxo

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  292. Sara -  May 9, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    Didn’t see Jon’s post- but I love this stuff too- very interesting :).

    God bless~~

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  293. Gawd -  May 8, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    Kelly is right!

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  294. Gawd -  May 8, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    Very interesting. I learned something knew everyday!

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  295. Chuck Norris -  May 8, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    CHUCK NORRIS AGREES AS HE SWIMS THROUGH LAND.

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  296. D guy -  May 8, 2012 - 3:14 am

    Nice!!

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  297. D guy -  May 8, 2012 - 3:13 am

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&!

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  298. Kirbz -  May 7, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    Wow!! That’s so cool, I never knew that there once was a 27th letter in the alphabet! And not only was there a 27th letter but it was one that I had known my whole life!!

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  299. pie -  May 7, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    wow! i never knew this

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  300. Kelly -  May 5, 2012 - 10:21 am

    &c can stand in for etc. because etc. is short for the latin et cetera which means and others/other things. Et is just latin for and, so the ampersand can be used in its stead. It can’t replace random e-t combinations.

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  301. firedog -  May 4, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    a,b,c,d,e,fg,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z,&,LOL.SO COOL.

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  302. firedog -  May 4, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    that is soooooooo cool i go with Jon & Emily. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&.soooooooooooo coooooooooool.

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  303. JayDee -  May 4, 2012 - 11:22 am

    did not know! (: thanks !

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  304. wakarugi -  May 3, 2012 - 11:11 pm

    and here i was living knowing there has always been only 26 existing letters in the alphabet!

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  305. Hazel -  May 3, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    Awesome Information….Millions of People are still unaware of it….Nice and informative sharing of knowledge!

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  306. priyanka -  May 3, 2012 - 10:09 pm

    wow….. its really amazing

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  307. AJ -  May 3, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    Yeah

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  308. Tyler Olston -  May 3, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    sweet

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  309. dfgds -  May 3, 2012 - 4:20 am

    awesome

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  310. &eron -  May 2, 2012 - 10:57 am

    yall are i been knew that and in only 14 but thats in my name

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  311. Deepak -  May 2, 2012 - 3:06 am

    As an aside, I’m curious to know what would be the numerological value of &. Since it’s said to be originated from a combination of e and t, would it be appropriate to add the values of e and t. Chiero says e = 5 and t = 4, so should & = 9?

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  312. Micah -  May 1, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Very interesting article! Absolutely fascinating. As for another topic, I wouldn’t mind hearing more about the interrobang.

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  313. Jordan -  May 1, 2012 - 6:29 am

    Quite intersting!

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  314. Tom Claggett -  April 30, 2012 - 7:37 am

    It gained popular use as graphic element during the 1920s and 30s, thanks to the signwriters of that period. It also should never be used in place of the word “and” in normal text. See: http://www.signtech-rta.com/rr/?p=15

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  315. Momo -  April 30, 2012 - 12:57 am

    This is so interesting.. :)
    I’m learning something new everyday! ^^

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  316. butt -  April 29, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    BURTRRtggggggggggggggggggg

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  317. rhen -  April 28, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    we still say it when we sing our abc’s abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy and z now i know my abc’s next time won’t you sing with me

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  318. Alan -  April 27, 2012 - 7:43 am

    That’s so cool, my geeky loins are quivering.

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  319. Rebekah -  April 26, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    I would like to learn about a German letter that looks like “ß”.
    It stands for double s.

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  320. Julio -  April 26, 2012 - 11:35 am

    pretty beastly

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  321. ben -  April 26, 2012 - 3:48 am

    COOL!
    (\__/)
    (=^.^=)
    (“)_(“)

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  322. hello -  April 26, 2012 - 1:48 am

    the way i say the abc is: abcdefg(pause)hijklmnop(pause)qrstuv(pause)wxyANDz… so if & was re implemented it should be: wxy&z…

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  323. hello -  April 26, 2012 - 1:45 am

    wait what does ! and # and % and ^ and * and () and ~”;:,./?-_\|{}[] come from??? I guess we will never know… D:

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  324. hello -  April 26, 2012 - 1:42 am

    wow REALLY interesting! but i bet no one except those who wanna write a comment will actually see this comment :P

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  325. Nishant -  April 26, 2012 - 12:56 am

    this is something to know !!!

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  326. JordanTangSucks -  April 25, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    LOOOL HAHA I ACTUALLY guess that, no lies!! im so pro

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  327. Alisha -  April 25, 2012 - 9:31 am

    I never knew that! That is so cool!

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  328. simmy -  April 24, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    wow that is amazing! didn’t know that! I wish that was still a part of the alphabet today that would be so COOL I wonder what were the the other ‘symbols’ of the alphabet were I reckon they would be aesome to learn about too!!

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  329. ashely -  April 24, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    that is awsome i use that symbol or another words “per se” lol

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  330. Temakra -  April 24, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    Boring………………
    I fell asleep halfway through. :(

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  331. mad -  April 24, 2012 - 10:14 am

    jon is not a super nerd

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  332. mad -  April 24, 2012 - 10:13 am

    that is sooo cool i use that symbol all of the time!!!!&&&&&&&&&:)

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  333. ACS -  April 24, 2012 - 9:57 am

    WOW AMMUSING I NEVER KNEW THAT!!

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  334. bill -  April 23, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    Jon is a super nerd. 27 letters thats different

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  335. jamya -  April 19, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    wow i dont have a face book but this is the next best thing to it ik im a weirdo <3

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  336. jamya -  April 19, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    wow long but cool =) =)

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  337. G -  April 18, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    et, also comes from french… it also means and. Funny how languages all kind of link together in history.

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  338. Amariah -  April 18, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    Whoooaaa! Never knew that. :P

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  339. Andrew -  April 18, 2012 - 2:09 am

    that was worth FINDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome! !

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  340. jokonlap -  April 17, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    that is sooooo not amazing LOL!!!!!

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  341. i am kule :) -  April 17, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  342. fairyhaj -  April 17, 2012 - 4:39 am

    woww.. i never knew that.. it would have been confusing indeed, W, X, Y, Z and &…

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  343. hadassahnzingha -  April 16, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    cccccccccccccccccccoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  344. gflgr -  April 16, 2012 - 1:23 am

    ONE DIRECTION ONE DIRECTION ONE DIRECTION ONE DIRECTION

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  345. zaynee -  April 13, 2012 - 12:38 am

    cool & wow!hee hee.

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  346. Sam -  April 12, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z &

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  347. chris -  April 12, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    wow! never knew that & used to be part of the alphabet.

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  348. ashley -  April 11, 2012 - 10:33 pm

    that cool
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY&Z…… HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAhahahahahahah lol my name is ashley im trey songz daughter watch look me up on google.com
    ashleydabest1999 and youll c videos of me on youtube pretty kool huh.. because usually famous ppl dnt post things up on the internet but i want too… but anyways im tremaine neversons daughter my name is ashley neverson..:}

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  349. Unknown -  April 11, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Very rude, Bob!

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  350. bob -  April 11, 2012 - 12:37 pm

    it means shut up!!!!!! NERD

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  351. Unknown -  April 7, 2012 - 8:08 am

    Anyone know what “Emancipation” means?

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  352. Unknown -  April 7, 2012 - 8:06 am

    Alredwashere, just please, get a life. No one cares what you think about it? All the rest of us think it’s really cool. So, if it was so “ridiculous and stupid” why did you even bother to finish it? So, please just press that little “x” in the corner. Oh, wait your brain is too small to complete such a task, I’m sorry. Now, BYE.

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  353. lalalalalalla -  April 3, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    so cool i never thought & was a twenty seventh letter of the alphabet that is really cool although how long ago did they delete that from the alphabet but the strange thing is why did they delete & i mean people use it all the time then just one day just forget it and drop it fron the A-B-C’s

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  354. Interociter Operator -  April 3, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    “W” is a vowel in the word “Window”.

    (otherwise it would be pronounced “Win-dah”. Come to think of it, in New Hampshire or Boston…)

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  355. Fernando -  April 3, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    I never knew this. Know I know why I felt like something was missing in the alphabet!

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  356. Fernando -  April 3, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    I never knew this. Know I know why I sometimes felt like something was missing in the alphabet.

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  357. Brianna G. Buice -  April 3, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    I am going to tell all my friends and family about the ampersand i am happy that i know this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&So long folks luv yall

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  358. Brianna G. Buice -  April 3, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    I am going to tell all my friends and family about the ampersand i am happy that i know this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& So long folks luv yall

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  359. evalasting -  April 3, 2012 - 10:52 am

    isn’t the ae in encyclopædia and the oe in fœtor French

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  360. Dumb & Dumber -  April 2, 2012 - 6:11 pm

    What is gonna make me belive that! Oh yea, by the way my uncle is Kobe Bryant.

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  361. LadyB -  April 2, 2012 - 10:56 am

    who knew tht writing on here would actually be so popular hmmmm thts kinda lame….. :/

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  362. Piplup -  March 31, 2012 - 6:00 am

    haha ya & was in the alphabet? that would be weird…

    whe my teacher told me to say the alphabet when i was at the end i said “also the secret word aaaaaaaand!”

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  363. ilikesachie -  March 29, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    ambersand

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  364. kwash -  March 29, 2012 - 6:50 am

    funny fact….especiallty the name hahahahaha… would love more of such

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  365. Jyoti -  March 28, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    nice fact to know :) I dont know about it.

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  366. Moe -  March 28, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    That is very interesting.

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  367. boobookittybang -  March 28, 2012 - 11:10 am

    the “&” sign looks like someone scooting there butt across the ground. lmfao hahaha (;
    ….&

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  368. SLIQ -  March 28, 2012 - 2:57 am

    Why is the “&” regarded as a symbol nowadays

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  369. MrRubbergloves -  March 27, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    so u pronounce it like and?

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  370. -.- -  March 27, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    lolwut?

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  371. vero -  March 26, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    weird, but cool

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  372. JACK ON CRACK -  March 26, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    If Your Smart Find The * &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&*

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  373. Primrose -  March 26, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    I actually did know that! Funny things I learn from my college textbooks years later. Not too long though, lol I’m so old.

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  374. emily -  March 26, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    what ????????????????/thats a weird word

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  375. wasdlightning -  March 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

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  376. wasdlightning -  March 23, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    cool info

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  377. daniel -  March 22, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    I already new that just not it in the alfabet

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  378. Lolgazam -  March 22, 2012 - 2:06 pm

    Cool thats so interesting to know.

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  379. buddah -  March 22, 2012 - 11:08 am

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  380. buddah -  March 22, 2012 - 11:04 am

    soooooooooooooooooo hows life?????????????????????????????????

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  381. er a -  March 21, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    bnvb

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  382. Sasha -  March 21, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    This doesn’t make any sense. I’m a kid you know!!!

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  383. vanderwall -  March 21, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    awesome totally didnt know that wow

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  384. David -  March 21, 2012 - 11:56 am

    Wouldn’t it be X Y & Z it makes more sense

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  385. techay -  March 20, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    mmmmm i new that LET ME GUESS NOT

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  386. lakitta -  March 20, 2012 - 7:47 am

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW so cool

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  387. Tommy -  March 17, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    Why is it that strange? Who posted this up?

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  388. Alan -  March 17, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

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  389. DK -  March 17, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    He accidentally misspelled a designer’s name, not a word from the dictionary. Calm down.

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  390. Alan -  March 17, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    I did not know that :”&” was a letter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

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  391. algebramaster159 -  March 16, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    wow.i didn’t know.that is some good yet shocking evidence.thanks whoever posted this.

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  392. karoline -  March 16, 2012 - 4:16 am

    Fun fact: Both Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian have 29 letters in their alphabet and not 26; the three last letters are Æ, Ø, and Å (Å, Ä, Ö in Swedish).

    The sound for Æ is pretty much the same sound you’ll find in the name AL (æ:l), the Ø sounds kind of like the first sound in the word URGE (ø:rdgj), and Å is kind of like the first sound of the word ALL with an NY accent:) (å:ll). However, the sounds do variate within the three scandinavian languages, different accents, and different placements in words.

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  393. devika -  March 15, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    27 alphebet well that is funny sooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  394. Phillip Bracha -  March 15, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    @ Jon on September 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I agree they should do that letter. It would be cool to learn why they do that with “ae”

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  395. ddrivera99 -  March 14, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    I wonder why we don’t have that in the alphabet anymore.

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  396. erikka -  March 14, 2012 - 1:13 pm

    ok maybe 3 times..

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  397. erikka -  March 14, 2012 - 1:13 pm

    sorry i put it twice.. hey know whos the blonde no effense to the blondes it is just a fake joke (:

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  398. erikka -  March 14, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    thats cool but i already knew that.. soo yea! i guess im just to smart! :P

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  399. erikka -  March 14, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    thats cool but i already knew about this! (: i guess im just to smart! :P

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  400. Qasim -  March 13, 2012 - 2:11 am

    That’s great. As a student of translation, I have learnt another thing today. Thank you, the team.

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  401. rainye -  March 12, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    BTW, Matt, i bet you don’t even understand WTH this whole article was talking about. Your attempt at pretending to think its lame when you have no idea what this is about is LAME.

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  402. rainye -  March 12, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    mkenna,
    You suck, we are not nerds. we are just somehow smarter than your little brain can handle.
    Wow, never knew ampersand was so complicated. Cool.

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  403. lolz -  March 12, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    omg!
    i nvr knew tht! :)

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  404. Kat -  March 12, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    OMG THAT IS SO OMG LOL!

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  405. Helen Bennett -  March 12, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    That is soo interesting i never knew that there was 27 letters that is amazing

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  406. kaitlin -  March 12, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    WHAT? THAT IS VERY SURPRISING! It should still be a letter though.

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  407. kasim -  March 12, 2012 - 4:49 am

    hi every one , can i chatting with you???????????

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  408. taylee -  March 11, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    the word “and” + the abreaveation for and “&” both = and.
    NO DUH!

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  409. taylee -  March 11, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    actually thats a abreaveation for the word “and” im 8 and i know that

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  410. Matt -  March 11, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    LAME!

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  411. cheesy monkey -  March 10, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Ah whaaaaaaaat? This just blows my mind… it just blows it. I’m used to saying ” A B C” (well you know what I mean) but “X Y Z AND PER SE AND” just blows my mind. That’s it… you can go now … bye.

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  412. alfredhere -  March 10, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    its ridiculus
    f it

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  413. alfredhere -  March 10, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    stupid

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  414. Bridget curtis -  March 8, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    hi and i think that is weird

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  415. Troy -  March 8, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    I love Emily’s comment; it is exactly how my 3 year daughter Rebekah says it!

    “Huh. So “ampersand” is slurred “and per se and”? How long do you think it will be until “LMNOP” becomes one character, “Ellamenopee?” I remember when I first learned the alphabet and I was SO sure that it was only one letter. LOL”
    Emily Grae on September 3, 2011 at 2:30 am

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  416. sassy -  March 7, 2012 - 6:44 pm

    so cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! &&&&&&&&&&&&& Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  417. IsabellaNinja -  March 7, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    Lol, wow, so interesting!! :UUU I’ll have to share this with my family XDD

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  418. yo mamma -  March 7, 2012 - 10:58 am

    that’s very interesting. i never knew that. i just thought it was a symbol on a computer

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  419. rj -  March 7, 2012 - 6:26 am

    ????????? interesting lol

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  420. Spencer -  March 6, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Wow who new?

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  421. Trevor J Shaw -  March 6, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    cool

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  422. Jessica -  March 6, 2012 - 7:37 am

    Haha, That’s a neat fact. Hm, I wonder if we could vote it back into the alphabet?

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  423. Noah -  March 5, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    That is interesting and bob is right we do say and in the alphabet so we still use it but I never knew that it was considered an actual letter. WOW!

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  424. telly -  March 5, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    wow this is so interesting now my friends will be even more jealous of me because there was a 27th letter sorry friends that i’m always learning new things (not) :)

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  425. eh -  March 5, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Eh.

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  426. Bob -  March 4, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    When we sing the alphabet we still say “&” :
    a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y, AND, z, Now I know my abc’s etc…

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  427. Dezi Hale -  March 4, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    Thatz sooooooooo kool! I wonder how that came to be … *Thinks* …I’m stumped … :( Oh well! Thatz STILL kool! :)

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  428. Neha -  March 4, 2012 - 11:50 am

    Wow! Scandalous!

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  429. Rwebembera -  March 2, 2012 - 11:19 pm

    We need an alphabet review team. Otherwise I am not very convinced that the symbol ‘&’ is a letter!

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  430. emily -  March 1, 2012 - 5:47 am

    wow! interesting!

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  431. jlo -  February 29, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    i hate this site ;p :)

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  432. TT -  February 29, 2012 - 5:20 am

    Well I guess I just learned somthing new today!!

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  433. Anonymous -  February 28, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    I am defently telling my friends this but they would probably wouldnt believe me… typical lol :)

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  434. valeria -  February 28, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    I just needed to do my homework on this website.Because I am only 9 years old.When I saw this info it was really interesting to learn a new word time to time.

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  435. nelson -  February 28, 2012 - 1:57 am

    This is interesting am loving it…

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  436. glop -  February 27, 2012 - 10:14 pm

    but when would you use it in a sentence back the and what does it mean now if it was in a sentence??? (&)???

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  437. Tia -  February 27, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    azome! i never knew that!

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  438. Clairessa -  February 27, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& WHAT?!!!!

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  439. Clairessa -  February 27, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    They should still have that so i wont be writing “And” all the time or type it i could just write that symbol or “Letter”.

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  440. ... -  February 27, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  441. starry101 -  February 27, 2012 - 5:10 am

    wow!!! thts so weird yet cool but isnt tht “and” today!!! hmmm

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  442. Katie -  February 26, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    Ummm… Ok??? Thats kinda funny

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  443. sharyl -  February 25, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    hehe wow…. cool :DD

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  444. bre -  February 24, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    cooool

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  445. dictionary reader -  February 24, 2012 - 8:43 am

    i just come here for all of these things. and… wow.

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  446. Anymonous -  February 23, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    STRAIGHT A STUDENTS DONT NO THIER ALPHEBET O_O

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  447. billy bob joe -  February 23, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    /\/\ | |_ |< /\/\ /-\ |\|

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  448. juj -  February 22, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z and &
    now i know the proper alphabet
    yay me =)

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  449. Natalia -  February 22, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    # <— this is actually called an "octothorpe". Just thought that everyone might like to know. :)

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  450. cunnel -  February 22, 2012 - 1:40 am

    you cant be serious

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  451. Anonymus -  February 21, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    So, it goes like this-
    A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, and &. Awesome. ;)

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  452. megan dawn -  February 21, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    wow thats cool! bob that is so mean why would you call jon a nerd he has feelings to dont make fun of people you are so rude you would not like omeone to say that to you

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  453. Khyree -  February 21, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    That is so freaking cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  454. Joe -  February 21, 2012 - 10:26 am

    huh. who knew? not me! :/

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  455. flip-this -  February 21, 2012 - 8:27 am

    u would think that they would write something at least a tad bit more interesting than the 27th letter. its a cool fun fact and all but something more “explosive” would be nice right?;}

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  456. flip-this -  February 21, 2012 - 8:18 am

    wow

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  457. POop -  February 20, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    WOWWWWW! that is sooooooooo cool! and per se and andandandandandandandandandandandandndandandandandanad

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  458. You-Know-Who -  February 19, 2012 - 10:13 am

    What does this have to do with the word ‘Mrs.’ ? The links really need fixed… Interesting article anyways…

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  459. come to the dark side: we have cookies -  February 17, 2012 - 6:22 pm

    Seriously! Come to the dark side…we have COOKIES!!!!:)

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  460. Matt -  February 16, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    That is really cool.
    …X-Y-Z-&
    now i know my ABC’s next time won’t you sing with me.
    XD

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  461. Mackenzie -  February 16, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    hey daisy and mae….u make sense! and all those people saying it’s Dolce & Gabbana….it is spelled correctly. oh wait.. maybe then it wasnt. never mind bout that. i don feel like erasing this so imma gonna leeve it her.

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  462. lindsay -  February 16, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 thats really nice to know so know i can go to my language arts teacher and say you dont know all the letters of the alpabet and shell be like what and ill say yea the symbol & used to be in the alphabet and shell go all crazy and be like what know there cant be something i didnt knowand scream nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant be wrong then have a mental breakdown,fart then her head will blow up into little bloody pieces and her daughter(that is her moms homeroom.!)will walk up to her look around to see if anyone is looking and the will eat her moms bloody pieces of skull!!!!!

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  463. daisy -  February 16, 2012 - 8:29 am

    i agree with mae

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  464. &&&&&&&&&&&&& -  February 15, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    COOL BUT I DONT REALLY CARE!!!!!!!!

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  465. mae -  February 15, 2012 - 11:55 am

    “… x, y ,and z”
    it’s still sort of there

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  466. s-tupids -  February 14, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    wow u guys are such nerds….. who cares about etymology … jon are cute

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  467. Kagome -  February 14, 2012 - 10:28 am

    I soooooooo agree with Jon.

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  468. alex -  February 14, 2012 - 9:37 am

    cool lol ;)

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  469. SaxoGirl -  February 14, 2012 - 3:27 am

    Wow. Nice to know! :) Happy Valentines <3 xoxoxoxx

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  470. Tyga -  February 12, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    Who knew i sure didn’t I can make my friends look real dumb with this

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  471. coocoo -  February 12, 2012 - 12:37 pm

    @ is at

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  472. Sebastian Sibbers -  February 12, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Yowzers. I am a hot man, and don’t get me wrong, but I am actually really smart and know my vocal. When I heard this I when so crazy I almost stuck my head in the oven. don’t scare me like that dictionary.com! you need to put out the information in a slow and steady process instead of just putting it out there. I have never been more scared in my life. thanks a lot dictionary.com, Jeez

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  473. Unicorn -  February 12, 2012 - 10:25 am

    whoa! i did not know that, that is cool. lol

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  474. Looney Lover -  February 10, 2012 - 11:42 pm

    :p

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  475. Janey -  February 10, 2012 - 11:40 pm

    Wow! This is absolutely crazy and weird! LOL!! :)

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  476. Andy Palmer -  February 10, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Ever heard about the interrobang?!

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  477. Sike this -  February 10, 2012 - 7:06 am

    lolololololololol I use it like every day!

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  478. gloria -  February 10, 2012 - 1:58 am

    i like it

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  479. Kathleen -  February 9, 2012 - 8:51 pm

    Do tell the history of all punctuation marks!! It’d be really interesting!
    i.e. !, @, #, $, etc. :)

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  480. person -  February 9, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    We say the & all the time in the alphabet.
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y & Z ;)
    sing the alphabet song & you do say it. -_- X D

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  481. Kaily -  February 9, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    I did not know that

    a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z &

    Now i really know my ABC’s next time wont u sing with me (and sing it the right way)
    :P

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  482. BrownSugar -  February 9, 2012 - 3:28 am

    Can you help with ow d mths got their names?

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  483. andrea johnson -  February 8, 2012 - 5:44 pm

    lilly you said cool i new knew that i guess you really belong in a special class then lol

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  484. esmeralda -  February 8, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    thats sooo cool. nice to kno that.

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  485. andrea johnson -  February 8, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    ooo wow you people didnt know that you all was surpose to learn that in history but am just say if you all didnt know that then you all belong in a special class for slow people

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  486. lilly -  February 8, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    cool!!!!!!!!!! never new that!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  487. Jonathan Britton -  February 8, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    When I asked my gran about this letter all she could say was “apple sand, what is that”. I knew what I meant but did not know that this was once part of the alphabet. That is almost as confusing as the supposed 3 Rs.

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  488. Phlondar -  January 13, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    “@” is called “arroba” in spanish

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  489. Josh -  October 26, 2011 - 9:56 am

    So, this does sound believable, but can you give us your references for this etymology? I hate to take new and interesting facts as truth without knowing the source. It because of this that we have fake etymologies or “popular” etymologies for so many words and phrases!

    Thanks

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  490. XDDDDDDD -  October 19, 2011 - 6:46 am

    OMG SO AWESUUMMMMMMM!!!1111!11!1

    LOLOL OMG KEWL IM GONNA USE THIS TOMORROW OMG OMG OMG SO KAWAII ~DESU!!!1! !!1 !1!!

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  491. matsuifan -  October 3, 2011 - 11:58 am

    that didnt make any sense to me

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  492. Dolphin -  October 2, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    why are some punctuation marks divided?

    ?, ;, :, !,

    Also, what is the history of “%”?

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  493. mehroon -  September 30, 2011 - 12:07 pm

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what an interesting tale :)

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  494. Pure Wonderment -  September 29, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    What about the @ symbol and the exclamation point (!)? I understand their meaning, but pray tell, from whence didst they originate?

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  495. lalala -  September 29, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    it is not AMPERESAND. AMPERE’S AND is what is from Andre Ampere bec. he was using it in some of his works, that’s just the pop connotation in math/physics.

    it is AMPERSAND, that is the name, that it got from “and per se and”

    @KYLE — hey, funny thoug.. u made my day! haha :)

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  496. Copeland -  September 21, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    Holy macadamia nuts, I didn’t know that.

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  497. Stone Butterflies -  September 14, 2011 - 5:20 am

    This is awesome. :D This is how I’m going to say the alphabet when possible.

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  498. Rick -  September 12, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    A couple months ago I took my 14-year old nephew out for his first-ever round of golf. On the 6th hole he found a ball and I asked what brand it was. He looked at it and as he handed it to me with an outstretched arm, said, “Titend” in a very questioning tone. I responded by saying that there is no ball or brand called “Titend”. I looked at the ball myself to see the most popular name on a golf ball today, “Titleist”.

    When I asked, “Where did you get Titend”, he replied, “I was just guessing . They don’t teach cursive in school anymore.”

    I found myself STUNNED and deeply saddened for my recent 8th grade graduate nephew – - though no fault of his own.

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  499. Sidney -  September 10, 2011 - 5:52 am

    Grammer Girl you gave languagecommand a lesson, she might start being a little more humble from now on, and you reinforced my knowledge of the use of may and might. Killed two birds with one stone :-)

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  500. Archon -  September 9, 2011 - 8:27 pm

    @ SalManz

    After defending Dictionary.com for their research, I feel badly for putting down your unnamed etymology book. I feel strongly though, that they were merely reporting the usages which people claimed, but could not prove, as valid.

    Firstly, book or no book, the horse goes firmly in front of the cart. The word/symbol, ampersand, existed long before the birth of Ampere.
    Secondly, Ampere was a Frenchman who had no “and”, he had an “et” in the French language which he used.
    Thirdly, other than two references here, I can find no historical citation for either his heavy use of the symbol or any of his contemporaries using the term.

    This appears to be a case of people trying to make sense of an esoteric item which they didn’t really understand. The new British term “chav” is not an acronym meaning Council Housed And Violent. It’s merely a term used by Romanian immigrants, meaning “young man.” The brassiere was not invented by a German guy named Otto Titslinger. I wait to be corrected by German-speaking scholars, but my research indicates that the name Titslinger does not and can not exist in German. Even if it did, by German rules of language, it would be spelled Titzlinger, it would be pronounced Titz-linger, and it would not have the Beevis and Butthead connotation so often applied.

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  501. Jackie -  September 9, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Sorry Juliet. All I can say is, pay attention in class next time.

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  502. Alexis -  September 9, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    where is the ampersands place in the alphabet?

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  503. Spamsterlove -  September 9, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    I agree with Dee! Where did the ampersand fit in with the rest of the alphabet?

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  504. Sam -  September 9, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Amp-
    Please do! Ampersand is so cool! But I keep forgetting the name…

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  505. Mike -  September 9, 2011 - 8:56 am

    I love learning sinple things like this!

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  506. Dee -  September 9, 2011 - 8:49 am

    If ampersand had been a character in the alphabet, what sound did it denote? What words was it ever part of?

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  507. Anon -  September 9, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Rick, I think the letter W looking like two Vs instead of Us is at least partly due to computing – I’d imagine it looks smoother that way as a text character. However, in old writing long before computing or even typewriting there are no doubt similar, “pointy” Ws, though that could be a matter of calligraphy.

    This is my first time seeing the community at dictionary.com and I’m genuinely shocked at the writing ability of the those commenting. Surely a literary website would be the best example of it on the internet?

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  508. srilekhya -  September 9, 2011 - 7:41 am

    wowwwwwwww i didn’t know that!!!!!!!!!!

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  509. Amp -  September 9, 2011 - 5:58 am

    I love the ampersand, I think I’ll change my name to &. I can pronounce my name as “Ampy”. My last name can be a reverse ampersand. It will look sort of like a scribed S.

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  510. Vicky -  September 9, 2011 - 5:50 am

    Wow! This is an eye-opener. Thanks, dictionary.com for these extras

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  511. kat -  September 9, 2011 - 12:59 am

    cOoOooOLLL!!.. learning’s real fun.. *^_^*

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  512. Brandon -  September 8, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    thats kinda cool

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  513. Maria de Castro -  September 8, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    @ Jennifer, September 2nd:

    I don’t know about the American Dollar, but the former Portuguese currency (before the Euro) was the Escudo and it’s symbol was the S crossed by two vertical bars. That symbol is called a “cifrão”.

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  514. Grammer Girl -  September 8, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    Hey languagecommand – you used the wrong word in the following sentence: “Well, maybe you should have listened better in History class because if it wasn’t for him you may not have been able to get a job here.” The correct word is “might” not may: “you might not have been able to get a job.” It seems as if the number of people who understand the difference between, and correct use of, “may” and “might” is dwindling fast. “May” is correct when the occasion or circumstance is in the future, i.e., “I may stay home tonight” or “If that happens, you may not be able to go.” But the past conditional (“If that had happened,…”) requires the use of “might” (you might not have gone).

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  515. helen -  September 8, 2011 - 7:13 pm

    the word is awesome

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  516. sh. mohsin jawaid -  September 8, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    many thanks for increasing knowledge.

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  517. Raquelle -  September 8, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    awesome article, never new that.
    I am only writing this to add to this page. It is filled to the brim with comments

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  518. Archon -  September 8, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    @ lpuis paiz

    Spanish clave = French and English clef = musical “key”

    The symbol for a “treble clef” looks very much like the ampersand, only backwards, mirror-image, and standing straight up, not leaned over. They are not the same thing.

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  519. Spamstergirl -  September 8, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Rick-
    Good question! I think it’s from a typo :P

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  520. Archon -  September 8, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    @ Rick

    There was an article here a couple of months ago, about the decline and possible death of cursive handwriting in the techno-youth, because of texting, IMing etc. If you go back to handwriting, as it REALLY was for millenia, you’ll find that it looks like a double U. The shape of the letter changed to make it easier for engravers and printing-letter moulders. Look at pictures of old Roman inscriptions. Names like Claudius became Clavdivs. The spelling and pronunciation of the entire French language migrated because French engravers couldn’t carve out the double-curved S, and substituted the accented E.

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  521. Peter -  September 8, 2011 - 3:43 pm

    @Jennifer Encyclopaedia is the more correct way of writing ‘encyclopedia’, still in use in Britain. The entire word is Greek and the paed- comes from παιδ- in παιδεία and it means ‘education’. En- indicates ‘in’ and cyclo- indicates ‘circle’; i.e. well-rounded. So it means well-rounded education.

    Now, as regards the ae placed together as one letter, this is the way it was spelled in Latin, taken directly from Greek and also used in Old English.

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  522. spamstergirl -  September 8, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    SO COOL! I keep forgetting what that frigging name is. AMPERSAND!!!!!

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  523. Rick -  September 8, 2011 - 10:16 am

    Please explain: Why is the letter “W” called “double-u” and not “double-v” as it REALLY appears to be?

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  524. Judee -  September 8, 2011 - 9:39 am

    knowin stuff is so awesome

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  525. LSK -  September 8, 2011 - 8:43 am

    The change from two lines through the S to one in the $ reflects the reduction in values of the dollar. :-)

    TIlde or tilda… well, it had to be called something. Besides, it looks like it’s waltzing a bit. :-))

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  526. Sidney -  September 8, 2011 - 7:16 am

    so you gave that working girl what she deserved, well done! languagecommand you’re so brave

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  527. Sidney -  September 8, 2011 - 6:58 am

    Again the Romans! we owe them much more than we are willing to admit

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  528. Hi Hello -  September 8, 2011 - 6:34 am

    you can also see the origin in the font: Monotype Corsiva

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  529. Daquarious Jones -  September 8, 2011 - 5:16 am

    I woulve never none…..kool!!!

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  530. L'archangel -  September 8, 2011 - 5:07 am

    woah! nice one!

    for the very long time i’ve known the symbol and how it’s called, the origin of its name and the fact that it is once a part of the alphabet is a very interesting revelation to me.

    geez… anyway, learn something new everyday…

    interesting! i love it!!!

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  531. Joyce -  September 8, 2011 - 1:00 am

    Jennifer, interesting about the $ sign. I have always used just the one line, who knew I was doing it right!!

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  532. N/A -  September 8, 2011 - 12:11 am

    &&&&&&&&

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  533. PCL -  September 7, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    I didn’t know that! It was so interesting! I’m going to share it with everyone!

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  534. karmen -  September 7, 2011 - 8:26 pm

    WOW! THAT IS AWESOME ! so unexpected! great to know!!!! :D

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  535. Cheryl Smith -  September 7, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    OMG that was very interesting! I never knew and now I feel my life is complete!

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  536. So… Is that why…..? -  September 7, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    So is that why when I was in kindergarten learning the alphabet we’d alway argue about if it was X,Y, and, Z or if it was X,Y,Z?? (I’m 12 BTW, thats why I can remember this…Haha)

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  537. zeke -  September 7, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    that is so awsome i literly use it every day HAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  538. katiya -  September 7, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    i agree with CHANDA, why can’t we just put the & sign back in the alphabet?

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  539. anonymous -  September 7, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    SOOOOO MANY NERRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  540. QDUDE -  September 7, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    Thats incredible!

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  541. juliet -  September 7, 2011 - 3:19 pm

    wow i found this while doing some homework
    i already knew this
    what i wanna know is what my spelling words are for this week cause i didnt get them all down
    anyone in Mr. Christen Hamm’s 6th grade ADV. LA?
    anyone?

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  542. LoserWithALaptop -  September 7, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Very interesting. I honestly had no knowledge of this. I agree with the whole combined letters confusion as well. What’s up with that?

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  543. Catherine -  September 7, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    Thats so cool!!!! i would love to learn about more weird things.no offense.

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  544. courage -  September 7, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    listen, i like he simple way that Dictionary.com presents their info… it’s a lot easyer to understand then the crap you shoot out of your mouth! and another thing, stop calling Jon a nerd. i think he was absolutly correct!

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  545. Elizabeth -  September 7, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    I agree with Jon and Alysha. The combined letters confuse me senseless.

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  546. flyovergirl -  September 7, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    Oh, how I love to learn, and today I learned something very interesting. Thanks for today’s lesson!

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  547. loves2read -  September 7, 2011 - 10:40 am

    ABCD sheep?
    LMNO sheep~
    MR rocks!

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  548. Ken -  September 7, 2011 - 9:54 am

    I real agree on this passage I’m a 89 year old man so I know all about this

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  549. aaa -  September 7, 2011 - 9:53 am

    what about the elongated s that you sometimes see in old texts? when and why did that get used?

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  550. Katie Rae -  September 7, 2011 - 9:32 am

    I never knew that there was so many things behind just one letter…. crazy isn’t it?

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  551. Antinus Maximus -  September 7, 2011 - 9:14 am

    I love it! Is it strange that i spend more time on dictionary.com than I do on Facebook?

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  552. ananya -  September 7, 2011 - 9:01 am

    ampersand….. sound coolio…. does any one know the origin of using (sic) or . . . . in wiritng a report???

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  553. john k -  September 7, 2011 - 7:55 am

    ~ is called a tilda.

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  554. girlie -  September 7, 2011 - 5:57 am

    woah! @MpEr$@nD!
    =
    @mPeR & $@nD!!

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  555. ccrow -  September 7, 2011 - 5:54 am

    Ha, @Carlitos, you stole that from Big Bird!!!

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  556. lpuis paiz -  September 7, 2011 - 5:35 am

    someone ask for another name for @ the one i know is that is also call arrova which is part of the measurement of pesantes or weight so @ means 25 pounds so one hundred pounds equals 4@.
    thanks.

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  557. Anthony -  September 7, 2011 - 3:29 am

    Could you perhaps discover and explain the origin of the pilcrow sign? (¶)

    It might also be nice to explain diaereses as well; as in Zoë, or naïve.

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  558. ely -  September 6, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    Can you guys stop posting these i cant do my homework with the distractions

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  559. Suzie -  September 6, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    HAHAHAHA MOOT UR SO FUNNY

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  560. Emily -  September 6, 2011 - 9:02 pm

    I agree with Laura (September 5th, 2011 at 2:33 pm. It’s kinda funny how I always end up singing it, even if I go super fast! :P

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  561. Emily -  September 6, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    That is crazy…can’t we just add it back into the alphabet? I think that would be kind of cool to have it back in there…but that’s just me. :)

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  562. Michele Hoover -  September 6, 2011 - 8:52 pm

    No comment

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  563. _________ -  September 6, 2011 - 8:23 pm

    the cent symbol

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  564. Sharon R.... :) -  September 6, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    nvr knew that until now ! great info!!!

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  565. jose -  September 6, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    cool

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  566. Happpy -  September 6, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    X, Y, Z, AND AMPERSAND?!?!?!? ;D

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  567. Jim -  September 6, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    Shut up Bob that was great news, thanks dictionary.com

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  568. daensgch -  September 6, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    and per se and, ampersand
    wow english speakers are so creative. In my language (spanish), & is called et.

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  569. Porkiesarelies -  September 6, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    &3&

    YAY! emote with the ampersand letter!

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  570. Caden -  September 6, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    Wow. cool! :D

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  571. cutiebalulol -  September 6, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    lol my dads romanian and says it like this (pronouncing) ah b ck d e f…ect. he sais it so faast! lol

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  572. Reyna -  September 6, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    Wow, dictionary.com spelled Gabbana wrong. Amazing what you can find when you focus on simple things like Gabbana which people don’t usually value, but it’s a proper noun so obviously this shows that many people are just too ignorant and stubborn to notice such things like grammatical errors…

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  573. M3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -  September 6, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    i think itz kewl dat that uze 2 b a ltr u no wat they say u lern somthin new evryday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now im gona tell my mom bout diz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  574. Dohn -  September 6, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    This is good stuff; I enjoy reading the history of the &!!!

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  575. Deanna -  September 6, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    WHOA COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!! Didnt know that….

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  576. miles -  September 6, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    i knew that

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  577. Matt -  September 6, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    Balderdash !?

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  578. awsome XD -  September 6, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z, and per si &!!!!
    Now i know per si and (&) next time why don’t you sing with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bayyyyyybeeeee

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  579. George -  September 6, 2011 - 11:45 am

    That was some cool info!!!!!!!!

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  580. grammarnazi -  September 6, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Et ceteri in latin means ‘and the others’ not ‘and so on’

    Get your facts straight.

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  581. SalManz -  September 6, 2011 - 10:06 am

    This is interesting… I had read in an etymology book that it was a combination of the word “and” and André-Marie Ampère’s last name (French physicist and mathematician who discovered electromagnetism and the SI unit of measurement of electric current, the ampere).
    My understanding is that he used the letter so much, it became “Ampere’s and” and as you spoke, it changed to “ampersand.”
    Both, very valid stories that you can use to enlighten your friends or simple spark up a conversation :)

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  582. Travis Zebulon -  September 6, 2011 - 8:02 am

    Who Da Thunk It ???

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  583. Dominic -  September 6, 2011 - 7:56 am

    Nobeliever: This is not a theory that can be proven false by any means. It was clearly found on ancient transcriptions, look at the Adobe REFERENCE.

    I think that this is a pretty cool article. I honestly didn’t know that & was part of the alphabet ever. Cool to learn new things!

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  584. lpuis paiz -  September 6, 2011 - 6:27 am

    when i was in school i learned with the name of clave mussical and it is at the begining of the pentagram.which is the clave mussical composed by the clave mussical five lines and four spaces.
    thank you.

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  585. zaynit -  September 6, 2011 - 5:47 am

    So who tagged the image ‘Amerpsand’? ;-)

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  586. languagecommand -  September 6, 2011 - 5:10 am

    man you all are way behind the times… I was telling my daughter a password to an email account the other day and told her it is yadda yadda yadda…ampersand…yadda yadda yadda. I can’t believe some of you say “I’ve never heard this word before.” or “oh, I didn’t know it was called that.” Certainly, I didn’t know why it was called ampersand but I did know that & was known as ampersand. I swear the level of instruction in the schools nowadays is sooooo substandard. Yikes, what is this country (world) coming to? I live in Utah and the other day, I was at KFC and the girl that took my order asked me, “Can I get a name for your order?” She didn’t say, “Can I get YOUR name.” she said “a name.” So I said, “Uh, yeah, Caesar Chavez.” (I’m female) She looked at me kinda strange. So I asked her, “Do you know who that is?” and she said, “No.” So, I said, “Well, maybe you should have listened better in History class because if it wasn’t for him you may not have been able to get a job here. Maybe tonight when you’re online you should google him.” (She is of hispanic origin) She was mighty perplexed I tell you. I wasn’t picking on her and I am not racist. I just think that children these days do not put a very high value on their education (or heritage for that matter). SAD SAD SAD

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  587. Gyancentral -  September 6, 2011 - 4:03 am

    Interesting information, but as said previously it should be backed up with some references.

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  588. Jasper -  September 5, 2011 - 11:02 pm

    etc stands for et cetera, which is latin for something like, “and other”. So &c makes sense.

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  589. chris -  September 5, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    & tu Brute? I just had to type that :P

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  590. Rhonda -  September 5, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    So now kids say “…W,X, Y, and Z” without even realizing it!! Success! :D

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  591. Lucy -  September 5, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    I agree with Lawman.

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  592. Moot -  September 5, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    …X,Y,Z,and.
    Use “and” as a letter in a word?

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  593. Grapefruit -  September 5, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Ha, I feel so smart! A while ago, when a saw the ampersand on a sign, I noticed it looked exactly like “Et” (it had to do with the specific font as well). Having learned Latin, I understood the connection. But I never knew how the word came about! Thanks for sharing your wisdom, it’s very interesting!

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  594. heeyhru -  September 5, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Why dont they use it now cause it is a cOOl word

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  595. nonbeliever -  September 5, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    One really needs to provide references, especially for something as blatantly … umm… creative as this misconception! To pass off as fact something so easily proven false… well, my opinion of dictionary.com just dropped several notches. I’m left with only Mark Twain’s wisdom as comfort: “A good storyteller is one who has a good memory… and hopes other people haven’t.”

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  596. noe -  September 5, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    haha come on!! everybody should of known this… seriously!

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  597. Carlitos -  September 5, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    I like to say the alphabet like this, pronounced as a single word:

    “Ahbkahdefguhijjkuhlimminoppkwerstuvwicksehs”

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  598. Laura -  September 5, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    I can never recite the alphabet without singing it.

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  599. Anonymous -  September 5, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    Whoa… who would’ve known!

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  600. Alex -  September 5, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    info on the pound sign, aka as the hashtag nowadays for twitter-folk please

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  601. Merlene Henderson-Douglas -  September 5, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    The history of the word “ak” is quite interesting,and in particular how the ampersand symbol/word was arrived at.Thanks for sharing:~)

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  602. albert -  September 5, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    really enlightening

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  603. Bob -  September 5, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    amberlamps

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  604. JoJo -  September 5, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Wow! That’s actually very interesting! Now I can trick my friends into thinking I’m pretty clever ;D

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  605. erika -  September 5, 2011 - 11:24 am

    i read a book and it had a school newspaper called “the ampersand” thats so weird
    p.s the book was called “geek high”

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  606. Grace S -  September 5, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Who knows the one sentence that has every single letter of the alphabet in it(at least once)??????? I DO !!! scroll down to see

    “THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG”. (35 letters)

    “” PACK MY BOX WITH FIVE DOZEN LIQUOR JUGS” is another sentence (32 letters)

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  607. Jayden -  September 5, 2011 - 10:44 am

    So many mysteries to our language….

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  608. nev -  September 5, 2011 - 10:38 am

    AT ALL!!!!

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  609. nev -  September 5, 2011 - 10:37 am

    4th of all, i dont get it

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  610. nev -  September 5, 2011 - 10:32 am

    1st of all, “Nev” is not my real name. 2nd of all, i am only in 5th grade, so i dont want to read it. 3rd of all……………………. wow! thats interesting!

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  611. Lawman -  September 5, 2011 - 10:03 am

    & could u please throw some lights on – ‘@’ & ‘?’ & well…thats it!!

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  612. samuel -  September 5, 2011 - 9:34 am

    I bet it like 9 letters removed from the alpahbet

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  613. Scotty Andrew Gustafski -  September 5, 2011 - 8:42 am

    I’ve asked many people to sing the alphabet and no one has ever sung it quite like me. I have no idea as to where I learned to sing it so unique other than to say that I learned it at Juliet Morris Elementary School in Cypress, California. Everyone sings it like this:

    A B C D E F G…H I J K L M N O P…Q R S T U V…W X Y and Z. Now I know my ABC’s…won’t you come and play with me?

    I sing mine the same for a bit and then it goes off much differently:

    A B C D E F G…H I J K L M N…O P Q…R S T…U V W X Y Z. Now I never will forget…how to say my alphabet!

    If you’d care to comment, please write to: theepolishprince@yahoo.com

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  614. amanat -  September 5, 2011 - 7:15 am

    Dictionary on line is a standard dictionary. While writing remarks I suppose words like LOL, HEYYYYYY, SOOOOOO do not appear to be compatible with the high standard of the Dictionary on line. Looks very cheap.

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  615. Dan -  September 5, 2011 - 6:28 am

    Chika, ~ is also used in Portuguese to give the vowels a (ã) and o (õ) a nasal sound in words like avião (airplane), mãe (mother), and opiniões (opinions).

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  616. Peter Buchanan -  September 5, 2011 - 5:58 am

    & don’t forget ….. @ ie 3 apples @ 15c each…..

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  617. Higlac -  September 5, 2011 - 1:25 am

    The umlaut is the evolution of the diæresis (you see what I did there…), which has been in use for thousands of years in the languages that we now collectively call Greek.The notion of ancient Greek as a unified singular language is somewhat misleading as spellings, pronunciations and grammatical constructs could vary considerably from city-state to city-state. Our entire modern concept of “ancient Greece” is built on a foundation of sand, as the peoples of that region at such a time did not self-identify as Greeks or Hellenes, but rather as Ionians, Spartans, Athenians etc… The diæresis indicates the absence of a dipthong.

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  618. marta -  September 5, 2011 - 12:34 am

    @ evan – et cetera is latin for and so on

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  619. Hayley -  September 5, 2011 - 12:19 am

    @eyeofdali no one knows, only the people that made it up knows why…

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  620. Hayley -  September 5, 2011 - 12:17 am

    @Mike @ means “at” for example, example555@(at)hotmail.com make sense?

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  621. Hayley -  September 5, 2011 - 12:15 am

    @Evan Oh… Thanks for that!

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  622. Matt -  September 4, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    The ampersand was never part of the alphabet, regardless of what this article says. It is an abbreviation, not a letter.

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  623. Kyle -  September 4, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    I thought that the kids included it in the alphabet before the letter “z”

    That way they would sing, “w, x, y, &, z”.
    Doh.

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  624. Uriah -  September 4, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    I always thought it was called And-for-stand ’till my nephew informed me otherwise

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  625. Jess -  September 4, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    my dog will be named ampersand.

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  626. María Rosa Martínez -  September 4, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    I love knowing about the etymology of words. ´Ampersand´ was unknown to me. It is called ´et´ in Spanish.
    Have you already dealt with ´lemniscata´?
    Thanks,
    mr

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  627. Susan -  September 4, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    I learned it as “anpersand” since it matches up with the “and” in and per se and. Was it always “ampersand” or did it change?

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  628. -regan -  September 4, 2011 - 4:30 pm

    I love learning little tid-bits of info like this!! Word origins, arcane words &c.

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  629. Doug -  September 4, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Oops … misspelling: not gārdagum but gēardagum: days of yore.

    The ‘dagum’ part is ‘of days.’

    ‘gēar’ is read ‘yar,’ close to our ‘year,’ which is what it means.

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  630. Doug -  September 4, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    Mark,

    You’ve told us of the ‘schnabel’ A — I find that Schnabel in German means beak, mouth. No reference to elephants.

    In Polish they call this thing ‘małpa’ (that’s an L with a slash through it, pronounced like our w), which means monkey. No idea why.

    As Me tells us, oe and ae are from Greek and Latin (respectively). Old English used to have a vowel whose name was pronounced like our ‘ash.’ This was ae (glued together) and was used for the sound in ‘had.’ It appears in the first word of “Beowulf”:
    “Hwæt, Wē Gārdena in gārdagum ….”

    I don’t know if the OE version is linked to the Latin at all.

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  631. sam jobs -  September 4, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    a b c d e f g h i j kl m n o p q r s t u v w&

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  632. Canajan, eh? -  September 4, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    A-B-C-D-E-F-G, H-I-J-K-L I said
    M-N-O-P-Q-R-S, T-U-V-W, for wed
    X and Y and finally Z
    I’m exhausted, time for bed.

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  633. sherryyu -  September 4, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    ill heard of it already :(

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  634. sunshyneoh -  September 4, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    Fern – ordering a Rum and per se Coke is ordering a Rum and by itself Coke. That is a shot and a chaser and it is no longer a mixed drink.

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  635. London -  September 4, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    Evan: It’s called a tilde and it’s used in Spanish to enunciate stress on the letter ‘n’ in most cases. It makes the ‘en-YAY’ sound when placed over the letter itself.

    Hope that helped. (:

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  636. Ampersands | Irreal -  September 4, 2011 - 1:25 pm

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  637. bk -  September 4, 2011 - 10:51 am

    They probably had to get rid of the ampersand so the alphabet song rhymes.

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