Why is SEPTEMBER 8 National Ampersand Day?

National Ampersand Day logo

“Can we spell it with ampersands?”

Probably no other holiday or observance day’s date has been determined with the particular criteria as National Ampersand Day. That criteria, quite simply, was “Can we spell it with ampersands?”

The word “SEPTEMBER” and the numeral “8” were selected specifically because, using a certain typestyle for each ampersand, you can “spell out” the date with ampersands, as shown here, wherein each ampersand resembles the character it stands in for. 

Ampersand Day logotype


The ampersands here are used much the same as pictographs or hieroglyphics, which simply means “recognizable pictures of the things represented.” This has rendered a unique, visually descriptive logotype, spelling out of the designated date of National Ampersand Day. (The official National Ampersand Day logo, which is circular, is shown a few paragraphs down.)

For you typophiles, here are the fonts & families used in the September 8 logotype:


Ampersand Day font callouts


Aside from three characters, each ampersand in a specific font resembles a letter and the number. Just a glance tells you it says “September.” The “8” might take a moment or two. Only the P, M & R don’t fit in. But if one of you sharp-witted ampersand fans has a suitable idea for any of those letters, drop it in the suggestion box

While we’re at it—for you extreme typophiles & amperfans—here are the font families used in the official National Ampersand Day logo:

National Ampersand Day logolarge ampersand: Garamond (Monotype), modified
“national ampersand day”: Garamond (Adobe)
“fun fabulous functional”: Helvetica
ampersand following fun: Caslon 540
ampersand following fabulous: Vivaldi
ampersand following functional: Baskerville


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Wish someone special a
on September 8

Happy Ampersand Birthday

Do you know a Birthday Boy or a Birthday Girl whose special day falls on National Ampersand Day, September 8?

Send them this link to their own Birthday Page featuring the stylish greeting you see above:



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More about the ampersand

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 about these & other fun 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 AmperArt.com.

&  Send anyone whose birthday is September 8 this Happy Birthday link: 


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