Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Grammar Day: Ampersand

Grammar is a tricky subject. With all the rules and exceptions, how can a person keep track? I can't answer that, but I can help with little pieces here and there.

Today's Topic: The Ampersand

Sometimes it seems like every punctuation mark is "one of my favorites," yet I'm entirely sincere. Today's favorite is the ampersand (an unnecessarily fancy term for &).

In my journal writing and notes to friends, I love using this symbol in place of "and" or "etc." (&c.). As an Austen fan, I read several of her letters and noticed the way she used & throughout. I suppose doing the same gives me a sense of connection.

Unfortunately, using it the way Austen and I like to isn't considered "proper."

When can this beautiful symbol be used? When it's part of a title or name (i.e., Rogers & Hammerstein). That's it.

Any Exceptions? Sadly, no. I shall have to be content with using it in private communication...and on Twitter.

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