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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 the system of Tironian notes, 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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