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My monolingual French dictionary (1989) has "esperluette", while my bilingual dictionary has (1978) "esperluète". Could a native speaker please verify which is correct (or whether both are). Thank you. -- Paul G 11:53, 18 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Both are correct (I mean: "used"), and so are their variations: perluète, éperluette, etc. (The name of the sign seems to have been merely an oral tradition until quite recently, hence the variation of forms.) — 01:02, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Contradictory etymology[edit]

The ety says it is a contraction of "and per se and", meaning "(the character) '&' by itself is 'and', but — according to the recital explanation that follows — it actually means ...and '&' by itself. Equinox 20:58, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Well, I've fixed it now. Equinox 13:34, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
I have always thought it meant "am per se and". SemperBlotto (talk) 10:40, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

German meaning[edit]

Should we mention that the German word "Ampersand" (der Ampersand, m) means: sand from the Amper (a small German river)? In general, such composite nouns are not in dictionaries, and the German word is capitalised (since all nouns are). These are the two main reasons why I did not make a Bold edit; I would like to find a reference to this meaning of the word Ampersand *somewhere*. Sjcjoosten (talk) 10:11, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Not in German Wiktionary, and I can't easily see it elsewhere, If you do manage to find evidence, add it at Ampersand and model its format on Sand. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:38, 26 September 2013 (UTC)