National Ampersand Day – September 8

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National Ampersand Day

Who doesn’t love the fun & functional ampersand?

From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, this curly, quirky little character is ubiquitously useful. It’s also quite aesthetic, as you’ll see here at AmperArt, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”

To acknowledge & applaud this great little glyph, National Ampersand Day is observed annually on September 8th. This is the official logo:Ampersand Day Logo

Why September 8?

Chaz DeSimone, founder of Ampersand Day, chose this date specifically because several of the characters can be cleverly disguised as ampersands, when the right fonts are used (Chaz is a typographer and graphic designer), like this:

Mostly ampersands!

Did You Know…

&  The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?

&  The ampersand is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and.”

&  The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?

&  The plus sign is actually an ampersand?

Read details about these facts here.


Applaud the Ampersand

Celebrate National Ampersand Day by having fun with it:

&  Use lots & lots of ampersands!

&  Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.

&  Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.

&  Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.

&  Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters “et.”)

&  Use #AmpersandDay & #AmperArt on social media.

&  Tell your friends to visit

Every Day Is Special

Visit to see all the observed days of the year. Which one falls on your birthday?

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…and hundreds more.

Find your favorite days to celebrate at!



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