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ampersand (AM-puhr-sand) noun
The character or sign (&) representing the word and.
[Alteration of and per se and, meaning: & (the sign) by itself (is the word) and.]
"Why was the vicar offender by an ampersand? ... The Rev Paul Ainsworth,
vicar of St Stephen's, Moortown, Leeds, objected to Marks & Spencer
adverts which replaced the 'A' in CHRISTMAS with a '&'."
This week's theme: Words about punctuation and diacritics
X-BonusWe shall never cease from exploration \ And the end of all our exploring \ Will be to arrive where we started \ And know the place for the first time. -T.S. Eliot