NATIONAL AMPERSAND DAY
Who doesn’t love the fun & functional ampersand? From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, this curly, quirky little character is ubiquitously useful. It’s also quite aesthetic, as you’ll see at AmperArt.com, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”
To acknowledge & applaud this great little glyph, National Ampersand Day is observed annually on September 8th. (To find out why this date was chosen, read here.)
DID YOU KNOW…
- The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?
- It is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and”?
- The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?
- The plus sign is actually an ampersand?
Discover more interesting facts about the ampersand — including details on those you just read — & see “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art” at AmperArt.com.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AmpersandDay
Celebrate the day by having fun with the ampersand:
- Use lots & lots of ampersands!
- Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.
- Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.
- Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.
- Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters “et.”)
- Visit AmperArt.com.
Use #AmpersandDay on social media.
Do want to learn more about the ampersand (other than it’s fun to say). Check out these 7 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Ampersand to find out more. Can you think of more?
Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL AMPERSAND DAY HISTORY
Chaz DeSimone founded National Ampersand Day in 2015. His monthly design project, AmperArt, features “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”
Q. Is it ok to use an ampersand in a book title?
A. Creative works such as books with the word “and” in the title often use the ampersand on the cover art because it creates intriguing design. However, to maximize the search capabilities of the publication, the “and” will be spelled out in digital documents. Look to the title & Sons by David Gilbert to make this point clear.
Q. Is the ampersand trademarked?
A. Yes and no. Several trademarks include the ampersand in the designs. Some companies also include the word “ampersand” in the company name, like Ampersand Art Supply Company, for example. Custom typefaces and fonts may be copyrighted and often include an ampersand in the collection. However, only the name of the collection can be trademarked.
September 8th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
The comic strip Blondie debuts. Created by cartoonist Chic Young, the strip continues under the direction of Chic’s son Dean Young. The strip follows Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead from dating, marriage, and family to their neighborhood and work experiences.
Star Trek airs its first episode, “The Man Trap.” The series aired for 3 years and comprised 79 episodes. Since then, the Star Trek franchise grew threw spinoffs and several films.
The Miss Black America crowds Saundra Williams.
Tracy Austin defeats Chris Evert for the U.S. Open Women’s Tennis championship. With the win, the 16-year-old became the youngest woman to ever win the tournament.
Venus Williams defends her title at the U.S. Open Women’s Tennis Championship. She defeated her sister, Serena Williams.
A pizza party with 1046 guests breaks a world record. Where would the world’s largest pizza place take place? Where else but in Roma, Italy! The Instituto Romano della Pizza and Marco Di Pietro hosted the party.
September 8th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Sid Caesar – 1922
The award-winning comedic actor and musician brought numerous laughs to film and stage. He is also known for his roles in Grease, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and History of the World Part I.
Mary Pepper Carey – 1925
The utility player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League played for nine years. In 1950, the Redwings named her manager.
Peter Sellers – 1925
The English comedian and actor is best known for his roles in The Pink Panther and Dr. Strangelove.
Patsy Cline – 1932
Considered royalty in the world of country music, Cline is known for her powerful voice. Her hits include “Crazy,” “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall To Pieces” and “Sweet Dreams.”
Ruby Bridges – 1954
In 1960, Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to start the desegregation process at the William Frantz School in New Orleans. At her side, federal marshals escorted her to and from school as an angry mob protested. It was not your typical first day of kindergarten. That same year, Norman Rockwell, known for his paintings of typical days, painted “The Problem We All Live With” depicting Bridges’ first day of school.