But the poor thing was nameless it was still read as just and which made reciting the end of the alphabet a little confusing in schoolX Y Z and and So kids starting inserting the phrase and per se and to distinguish. Where did ampersand come from.
It has morphed and changed over the centuries.
27th letter of the alphabet. But as seen above another character the ampersand also at times was included among the current 26. Traditionally when reciting the alphabet in English-speaking schools any letter that could also be used as a word in itself A I and at one point O was repeated with the Latin expression per se by itself as in A per se A. The American alphabet hasnt always been the 26 letters we know today.
J U and W. The ampersand is a symbol which is considered a corruption of the phrase per se and It dates back more than 1500 years. As a matter of fact the 27th letter of the alphabet is technically ampersand or the symbol.
November 23 2011. Today its mainly used in company names like Barnes Noble or in abbreviations like RR. It is quite shocking that the ampersand which is mostly used as an abbreviation or a punctuation once used to be such a prominent letter.
And the 27th Letter of the Alphabet September 15 2011 Dan Lewis Uncategorized 0 There are 26 letters to the English alphabet with two of the letters A and I themselves also constituting words. We vote for ampersand as the 27th letter of the English alphabet. When reciting the alphabet you would end it with and per se and which over time evolved into ampersand.
Once there were 27. Schoolchildren once recited the alphabet with 27 letters. However what most people arent aware of unless they are major nerds of course is that there used to be a 27 th letter out there before it got kicked out of the clan.
Et was the 27th letter of the alphabet. The ampersand today is used primarily in business names but that small character was actually once the 27th member of the alphabet. And actually you can still find it on your keyboard.
The origin of its name is almost as bizarre as the name itself. Johnson Johnson Barnes Noble Dolce Gabbana. Well of course not there are only 26 letters in the alphabet.
However that brings us to the point of why was it included in the alphabet in the first place. The ampersand which is derived from the Latin et meaning and was once the 27th letter of the alphabet coming after Z. J and U were added in the 16th century while W assumed the status of an independent letter.
3 letters have been added from Old English. Well 29 but well get to that later The letter were talking about here is the ampersand. Ive come across a historical footnote on the English language and I thought everyone would get a kick out of it.
Today we just use it for stylistic purposes but the ampersand has had a long and storied history in English and was actually frequently included as a 27th letter of the alphabet as recently as. In the early nineteenth century was the 27th letter in the alphabet coming right after Z. It was still in use as recently as the 19th century.
I dont think we would need another one since there isnt a real sound we can associate with it but Id say a backwards 4 to confuse everyone. Did you know there was a 27th letter of the alphabet. Although it is widely used today mostly by businesses on their names it is still very popular.
After Z they would say and per se and referring to the symbol Per se means by itself and so the phrase translates to by itself means and. Even kindergarteners well the smart ones anyway know that the alphabet used in the English language is made up of 26 letters. Do You Know All 27 Letters of the Alphabet.
27th LETTER OF THE ALPHABET By Mary Davis. Where did it come from though. Until 1835 the English Alphabet consisted of 27 letters.
It was also common practice to add the sign at the end of the alphabet as if it were the 27th letter pronounced as the Latin et or later in English as and. The ampersand was the 27th letter and all children from 200 years ago would recite an alphabet of 27 letters. Known as the 27th the ampersand was that infamous 27th character.
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