[Ads-l] Antedating of "Ampersand"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 18 02:15:37 UTC 2014

ampersand (OED 1837)

1795 'Mr. Pratt' _Gleanings through Wales, Holland and Westphalia_ (pt. 1) 306 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online Text Creation Partnership)  At length, having tried all the historians from great _A_, to _ampersand_, he perceives there is no escaping from the puzzle, but by selecting his own facts, forming his own conclusions, and putting a little trust in his own reason and judgment.

Fred Shapiro

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