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originally posted by: PolyCottonBlend
some of those I learned as part of the international phonetic alphabet (which, in my opinion, everyone should learn). it is the most helpful way to understand the complexities of most languages.
originally posted by: tigertatzen
a reply to: ADSE255
Yes...when you sing your ABCs, the part that goes "W, X, Y and Z" is written with the ampersand. That's how it was included in the song, and how we remembered it in school...even though by then it was no longer used in the alphabet. I think there were some other extra characters once upon a time as well. Pretty neat.
originally posted by: ADSE255
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.
I had no idea. Nonetheless, a piece of history worth remembering. Once in a while I come across stuff like this and it peaks my interest. It's not mind blowing stuff, and it won't change the world. But someone here might appreciate the info.
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