LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||30/AGO/2009 6:29 PM|
|Assunto:||Pronunciation of "&".|
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An ampersand (&), also commonly called an 'and sign', is a logogram representing the conjunction "and".
Traditionally, in English-speaking schools when reciting the alphabet, any letter that could also be used as a word in itself ("A," "I," "&" and, at one point, "O") was preceded by the Latin expression "per se" (Latin for "by itself"). Also, it was common practice to add at the end of the alphabet the "&" sign, pronounced "and". Thus, the recitation of the alphabet would end in: "X, Y, Z and per se and." This last phrase was routinely slurred to "ampersand" and the term crept into common English usage by around 1837.
But I think that in most of times in its meaning of 'and' it can be pronounced 'and' (normally). Let´s say, in comercial usage you could say it in its 'end' sound.
Well, it´s a hunch of mine; let´s wait the natives join us to confirm, or not.
BTW, I am a Brazilian learner and the lowest-rank learner here! In other words, I am just beggining.
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