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Did you know that the English alpha­bet used to have 27 char­ac­ters?

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ&

Yes, & used to be at the very end. In fact, that’s how it got its name. School chil­dren would recite “a b c d e f g, h i j k l-m-n-o-p, q r s t, u v w, x y z, and, per se, &” —mean­ing, “and, by itself, ‘and.’” Say “and, per se, and” real fast and you get “amper­sand.”

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