Re: Ligatures in Portuguese, French (was: ... Turkish and Azeri)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Sun Jul 13 2003 - 01:21:32 EDT

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    Jim Allan scripsit:

    > See for a short
    > history of the ampersand and some of its variations in modern computer
    > fonts.

    Unfortunately the explanation of the name "ampersand" given there
    is exactly backwards: it is not "& per se and", but "and per se &".
    Anglophones used to recite the alphabet by saying "... x, y, z, and
    per se [by itself] &", pronounced of course "and per se and" and later

    > Check common fonts like Trebuchet MS, Berkeley Book, Goudy Sans, Korinna
    > and Univers for recognizable _Et_ ampersands.

    I hand-write & by making a tall lower-case epsilon glyph and then drawing
    a solidus over it.

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