National Ampersand Day — September 8

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 Amper​Art​.com.

Every Day Is Special

Vis­it Nation​al​Day​Cal​en​dar​.com to see all the observed days of the year. Which one falls on your birthday?

You can even order a Nation­al Day Wall Cal­en­dar or sub­scribe to their free announce­ment emails and nev­er miss one of your favorite Nation­al Days again. There are incred­i­ble cel­e­bra­tions for:

  • Nation­al Cream Puff Day
  • Nation­al Rub­ber Ducky Day
  • Nation­al Hat Day
  • Nation­al Show­er with a Friend Day
  • Nation­al Home­made Soup Day
  • Nation­al Bagel Day
  • Nation­al Hug a G.I. Day
  • Naiton­al Proof­read­ing Day
  • Nation­al Bar­bie Day
  • World Autism Aware­ness Day
  • Nation­al Peanut But­ter & Jel­ly Day
  • Nation­al Tweed Day
  • Nation­al Star Wars Day
  • Nation­al Car­toon­ists Day
  • Nation­al Bike to School Day
  • Nation­al Olive Day
  • Nation­al Go Bare­foot Day
  • Nation­al Weed Your Gar­den Day
  • Nation­al Beans ‘N’ Franks Day
  • Nation­al Coun­try Music Day
  • Nation­al Nude Day
  • Nation­al Root Beer Float Day
  • Nation­al Col­or­ing Book Day
  • Nation­al Coast Guard Day
  • Nation­al Beer Lovers Day
  • Nation­al Hug Your Boss Day
  • Nation­al Swap Ideas Day
  • Nation­al Home­made Cook­ies Day
  • Nation­al Techies Day
  • Nation­al Mad Hat­ter Day
  • Nation­al Par­ents as Teach­ers Day
  • Nation­al Cap­puc­ci­no Day
  • Nation­al Cook For Your Pets Day
  • Nation­al Vio­lin Day
  • Nation­al Card Play­ing Day
  • Nation­al Cham­pagne Day

…and hun­dreds more.

Find your favorite days to cel­e­brate at Nation​al​Day​Cal​en​dar​.com!