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Freiheit
08-16-2003, 08:34 PM
Another handwriting thread...

How do you make ampersands? The methods are as varied as they are beautiful. The one over my keyboard 7 is almost an 8 into an x. Crossed E's. Plus signs, I guess. I can't think of any others, but I know there's a lot. How do you make yours?

Stage Manager
08-16-2003, 08:55 PM
I make mine sorta like this:
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Kinda.

Nvme77
08-16-2003, 08:55 PM
Like a treble clef

Ringo
08-16-2003, 09:06 PM
Backwards 3 with a vertical line down the middle.

elmwood
08-16-2003, 09:33 PM
I don't even bother. I just spell out the word "and".

OpalCat
08-16-2003, 11:21 PM
backwards 3 but with an interrupted line. Vertical dash at the top and bottom, rather than a line that goes all the way down.

Mudshark
08-17-2003, 02:32 AM
I always write out the word "and".

Orange Skinner
08-17-2003, 02:39 AM
If I'm going for speed, a curvy version of Mikie's ampersands, but usually I just write out the word "and."

TJdude825
08-17-2003, 02:46 AM
Originally posted by Ringo
Backwards 3 with a vertical line down the middle. Yeah, me too. But only in h&writing, otherwise I just write it out.

that.sound.again
08-17-2003, 06:11 AM
Starting from bottom right, towards upper left in a straight line, curving into a partial firgure eight and ending up middle right. It looks like the typed version and I have it down so I don't even have to think about it.

Jenericho
08-17-2003, 08:38 AM
Usually mine are like a backwards three with the bottom loop extended up to the middle and a hottizontal bar added to the top of it (primarily because of trying to keep it recognizable as an e+t combined, which I believe is the origin of the amphersand (latin "et")), though sometimes I will slip into just using a plus sign.

Shaolinrabbit
08-17-2003, 09:33 AM
I draw a circle on top and a little fish on the bottom, so it basically looks like the one on the keyboard.

acrossthesea
08-17-2003, 09:39 AM
Like an E with vertical lines coming out of the top and bottom. I never knew how to write them before I worked at Barnes & Noble, actually.

percypercy
08-17-2003, 09:41 AM
mine's a lot like mikie does it

acrossthesea
08-17-2003, 09:41 AM
Hmm, that requires me to explain that the way I write the letter "E", it looks like a backwards 3.

twickster
08-17-2003, 10:14 AM
acrossthesea -- that's known as a Greek E -- like a capital C with an horizontal line -- that's how I do my capital E's, too. (And since I do a little tail on my lower case t's when I'm printing, when I'm going too fast those two can be hard to tell apart).

My ampersand is a bacwards 3, with the lower end extended vertically and then a short vertical line (sometimes barely more than a dot) above it as a separate stroke.

Neurotik
08-17-2003, 11:09 AM
Originally posted by OpalCat
backwards 3 but with an interrupted line. Vertical dash at the top and bottom, rather than a line that goes all the way down.
I just write a normal three with an interrupted line. But the three is much smaller than I would normally write it as a number.

ultrafilter
08-17-2003, 02:44 PM
My ampersands look exactly like a backwards cursive capital S.

matt_mcl
08-17-2003, 08:43 PM
I start at the top of the aforementioned backward three, zig back, forth, and back (in other words make the top lobe and half the bottom lobe); then I loop up and back down.




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Super Gnat
08-17-2003, 10:23 PM
A small three with a line through it, usually. But I taught myself to write ampersands like the one on a keyboard, so I've started doing that more often.

Rabid_Squirrel
08-17-2003, 10:55 PM
Me-Too'ing the backwards 3 with the vertical slash.

I've tried the "&" ampersands, but they end up squished and horribly deformed.

caveman
08-17-2003, 11:47 PM
Originally posted by matt_mcl
I start at the top of the aforementioned backward three, zig back, forth, and back (in other words make the top lobe and half the bottom lobe); then I loop up and back down.




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Yes, I'm weird. I accept this about myself.

Are you sure the coupling of two words is what you had in mind? :dubious: :D

Freiheit
08-18-2003, 07:27 PM
Thanks, guys. I wasn't actually expecting replies! I think lately I've been making mine a backward 3/curvy E with an interrupted line.

dantheman
08-19-2003, 07:22 AM
When a mommy ampersand and a daddy ampersand love each other very much, daddy rents some Punctuation Porn, and...

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