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National Ampersand Day – September 8

National Ampersand Day - September 8

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?
  • The ampersand 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.

NATIONAL AMPERSAND DAY HISTORY

Chaz DeSimone founded National Ampersand Day in 2015. His monthly design project, AmperArt, features “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”

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