Fri Sep 8th

World Ampersand Day

On World Ampersand Day, we celebrate the fun & useful curly & quirky little character.


This curvy, strange character is universally useful, from jotting a shorthand "and" to branding corporate names. It's also very aesthetic, as you'll see at, which features "the ampersand as fun & glorious art."

World Ampersand Day is held annually on September 8th, to acknowledge and praise this important little glyph. Read here to find out why this date was chosen.

Did you know…

  • The ampersand was used to be the last letter of the alphabet
  • It's a ligature of "e" and "t"? In Latin, that's "et" in Latin, implying "and"?
  • As time, the word "ampersand" has become a slurring of "real words" that has evolved into a slurring of "real words" that will flow together
  • The plus sign is actually an ampersand

At, discover more surprising facts about the ampersand, as well as details on those you just read — as well as photographs of "the ampersand as fun and stunning art."

This is a commemoration & this is a celebration

Have fun with the ampersand on the day by celebrating the ampersand:

  • Ampersands are used in a variety of ways!
  • In everything you write, use "&" for "and"
  • Consider syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&
  • &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma, Send friends whose names include "and" a special note — &y, &rea, Gr&ma
  • Ampersands in new styles are available at Design. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters "et"
  • Visit

On social media, use the hashtag #AmpersandDay.

Do you want to know more about the ampersand (other than it's amusing to say)? To find out more, try these 7 facts you didn't know about the Ampersand. Can you think of more? Can you think of more?


In 2015, Chaz DeSimone founded World Ampersand Day, and Chaz DeSimone created World Ampersand Day. "The ampersand as fun & glorious art" is the subject of his monthly design project,

Ampersand FAQ

Q. Is it legal to use an ampersand in a book title?

Creative books with the word "and" in the title often use the ampersand on the cover art because it creates an intriguing layout. However, the "and" will be spelled out in digital documents to enhance the publication's search capabilities. To make this point concrete, David Gilbert's title & Sons looks to make this point clear.

Q. Is the ampersand trademarked?

A. Yes and no. Several trademarks use the ampersand in their designs. For example, Ampersand Art Supply Company is one of several companies that include the word "ampersand" in the company name. Custom typefaces & fonts can be copiedrighted and most often include an ampersand in the set. However, only the collection's name can be trademarked.