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English Dictionary: ampersand by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ampersand \Am"per*sand\, n. [A corruption of and, per se and, i.
      e., & by itself makes and.]
      A word used to describe the character [?], [?], or &.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      "&" {ASCII} character 38.
      Common names: {ITU-T}, {INTERCAL}: ampersand; amper; and.
      Rare: address (from {C}); reference (from C++); bitand;
      background (from {sh}); pretzel; amp.
      A common symbol for "and", used as the "address of" operator
      in {C}, the "reference" operator in {C++} and a {bitwise}
      {AND} operator in several programming languages.
      {UNIX} {shells} use the character to indicate that a task
      should be run in the {background}.
      The ampersand is a ligature (combination) of the cursive
      letters "e" and "t", invented in 63 BC by Marcus Tirus [Tiro?]
      as shorthand for the Latin word for "and", "et".
      The word ampersand is a conflation (combination) of "and, per
      se and".   Per se means "by itself", and so the phrase
      translates to "&, standing by itself, means 'and'".   This was
      at the end of the alphabet as it was recited by children in
      old English schools.   The words ran together and were
      associated with "&".   The "ampersand" spelling dates from
      {Take our word for it
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