Here’s where I’ll put the technical writing tips – grammar, spelling, punctuation, diction, each group on its own separate page on the drop-down list. Just keep scrollin’ down. If you don’t see it – ask!
In the meantime, Ampersand has a demand of his own.
“Tell them about my name!” he says. Oh, all right.
Ampersand – &
The symbol “&” is a short form for the Latin word “et”, which means “and”. When children were taught their alphabets from hornbooks, back in the eighteenth century, “and” was included at the end of the alphabet. One alphabet starts with “A was an Apple Pie, B Baked it, C Cut it…” and so forth. The rhyme ended “X,Y,Z and Ampersand/ All wished for a piece in hand.”
Sometimes the children would be taught simply “A – by itself A, B – by itself B..” and so on. Because Latin was the language of scholarship, the term “per se” was used for “by itself”. So when they got down to “And – per se and”, this was easily elided to “Ampersand”.
It seemed like a very good name for a writer’s cat.