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What character was removed from the alphabet but is still used every day?

posted Sep 3, 2012, 9:47 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 3, 2012, 9:47 AM ]
I just learned something pretty interesting, there used to be a 27th letter of the alphabet! It was removed, but is still widely used - what is it? It is the ampersand, the "&" symbol. Here is an excerpt from the Dictionary.com article: 

"In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. . . 

The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &."


Weird huh?  Read more at http://hotword.dictionary.com/ampersand/#bujUaPbhxzHvhdSq.99




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