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Old 2002-12-31, 05:50 AM   #1
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Just for "sh!ts and giggles", what the hell is the name of this symbol?
And I dont mean"The And Symbol" as the name.
 


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Old 2002-12-31, 05:51 AM   #2
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Old 2002-12-31, 05:55 AM   #3
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Old 2002-12-31, 06:04 AM   #4
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****ty name eh? lol.
 
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Old 2002-12-31, 06:12 AM   #5
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It's just that through all my wandering in life I've never come across the name for it. It occurred to me earlier, the best way to learn is to ask and so I did. And now I know.
 


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Old 2002-12-31, 06:59 AM   #6
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how come theres an ampersand there
 

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Old 2002-12-31, 10:44 AM   #7
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http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=ampersand



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Old 2002-12-31, 04:50 PM   #8
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TC84 did you pick that up off wheel of fortune?


I remember when i was a lil kid an i watched the show that's how i learned what the name for "&" waZ.
 
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Old 2002-12-31, 06:10 PM   #9
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I'd hope that he picked it up from school, personally...
 
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Old 2002-12-31, 06:14 PM   #10
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Ah, c'mon Brend, don't you know that all American knowledge is gleaned from Wheel of Fortune?
 
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Old 2002-12-31, 06:17 PM   #11
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I first learned it in a Dragon magazine editorial about how TSR changed the classic dragon ampersand in D&D to a standard ampersand. I was in 7th grade at the time and that was long before we were taught about ampersands and encouraged to use them.
 
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Old 2002-12-31, 10:14 PM   #12
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TC84 did you pick that up off wheel of fortune?


I remember when i was a lil kid an i watched the show that's how i learned what the name for "&" waZ.
hell if I remember how I learned what its called, prolly school....i dont watch game shows
 
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Old 2002-12-31, 10:24 PM   #13
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Programming books here. School didnt teach jack ****.
 
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Old 2003-01-02, 12:08 AM   #14
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Only thing we were taught 'bout 'em at school was not to use 'em...

I liked that dragon ampersand...
 
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Old 2003-01-02, 12:35 AM   #15
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Only thing we were taught 'bout 'em at school was not to use 'em...
Heh. We were told the same thing in school for that and other things as well where I went to school. Ampersands and calculators! Evil things!

I always got a laugh, though, because invariably there was always someone in the class that was too smart for his or her own britches and asked "If we're not supposed to use them, then how come people use them so much?" LOL It was funny because the teacher was then forced to come up with a logical explanation, although some just dodged the question and said "People use them when they're not supposed to; or 'they use them too much'". It still begs back to the question too, if a word or abbreviation is used so much that it becomes commonplace, then who or when does it become acceptable?

...And how many times were you told by your English teacher not to use the word "ain't"? They say it is not a word, but some friends and I went so far as to get a dictionary from our own school library that contained the word "ain't". Hard for the teacher to argue it then. True it isn't a true contraction (as in "isn't" is a contraction of "is not"--the contraction is the simplification of two existing real words), but who cares? Everyone knows what you mean, or gets the gist of what you mean when you use it, so why not make the word an accepted one into the language. Besides, how many people do you know that uses perfect diction and grammar in their speech?
 
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Old 2003-01-02, 01:50 AM   #16
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...And how many times were you told by your English teacher not to use the word "ain't"? They say it is not a word, but some friends and I went so far as to get a dictionary from our own school library that contained the word "ain't". Hard for the teacher to argue it then. True it isn't a true contraction (as in "isn't" is a contraction of "is not"--the contraction is the simplification of two existing real words), but who cares? Everyone knows what you mean, or gets the gist of what you mean when you use it, so why not make the word an accepted one into the language. Besides, how many people do you know that uses perfect diction and grammar in their speech?
Maybe if we all signed a petition to have the apostrophe taken out (aint) it then could be considered a "real" word instead of a made-up contraction.
 


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Old 2003-01-02, 02:17 AM   #17
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I learnt about it by reading the Snoopy books. The cartoons are an incredibly poor imitation of the humour of the cartoon strips.

Snoopy, Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes mean more to me than Transformers overall. Hobbes in front of the fire is worth a million Rodimuseseseseseses.
 
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