I’ve got this obsession with ampersands. There’s something beautiful in almost all of them! The different types, the flowing lines. They are like little pieces of art in their own right.
the sign & (standing for and, as in Smith & Co., or the Latin et, as in &c.).
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: alteration of and per se and ‘ & by itself is and,’ chanted as an aid to learning the sign. – source: New Oxford American Dictionary