The word "ampersand" is created from the slurred form of "and, per se and", which the alphabet ended with, historically. The Ampersand symbol is a ligature of the letters E and T, which spells the word "et", Latin for "and". The word ampersand was added to the dictionary in 1837.
To some people, the ampersand is nothing but an alternative for the word ëandí. To others, it's a piece of beauty. Its bold curves and defining shape makes the ampersand fun to draw and fun to design. Allow me to present these magnificent renditions of the already magnificent Ampersand. What's your favourite?