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Translingual[edit]

Tironian Sign Et
Unicode name TIRONIAN SIGN ET
Unicode block General Punctuation
Codepoint U+204A
Contemporary usage in Ireland
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Etymology[edit]

A stylized form of Latin et (and); part of Tironian notes, a system of shorthand credited to Cicero’s scribe Marcus Tullius Tiro, in first century BCE. Compare to &, of same meaning and similar derivation.

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  1. Tironian sign representing et (and);

Usage notes[edit]

Found especially in Old English, Old Irish, and Middle Irish manuscripts. Still used in Ireland, as of 2010; was used in blackletter texts as late as 1821, otherwise unused.

In Old English manuscripts, it stood not only for the conjunction and, ond (and), but also for the unrelated prefix and-, ond-; thus andswaru (answer) could be written ⁊swaru.

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