Wording and pronunciation of '&'
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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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In English (UK and US?) it's 'ampersand',

in German it's 'Geschäftliches und' ('Business and')

What is it in your language?

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Not quite... Feb 10, 2010

Mats Wiman wrote:

in German it's 'Geschäftliches und' ('Business and')




It is called the "Et-Zeichen", a ligature of the letters "e" and "t" in et, Latin for "and". In proper German it is allowed only as a part of company names.

It is also called "das kaufmännische Und" or "das Kaufmanns-Und", but never "das geschäftliche Und".

I know, I know, I am nit-picky. icon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2010-02-10 08:18 GMT]


 

Isabelle Derson  Identity Verified
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esperluette Feb 10, 2010

"esperluette" in French but pronounced as the equivalent "and" = et

 

Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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Nicole Schnell wrote:

Mats Wiman wrote:

in German it's 'Geschäftliches und' ('Business and')



It is called the "Et-Zeichen", a ligature of the letters "e" and "t" in et, Latin for "and". In proper German it is allowed only as a part of company names.

It is also called "das kaufmännische Und" or "das Kaufmanns-Und", but never "das geschäftliche Und".


I have never heard die 'das...'-variants in Germany or in communication with Germans (Swiss or Austrians) but mostly 'Geschäftliches Und'

The only competitor has been 'Et-Zeichen'

It is, as you say, AFAIK only used as part of company names.

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Mats Wiman wrote:
In English (UK and US?) it's 'ampersand',


Afrikaans: ampersand OR en-teken (literally "and sign").
ZA English: ampersand OR and sign


 

Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
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Italy Feb 10, 2010

We call it "E commerciale".

Ciao


 

Monique van Prehn  Identity Verified
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in Dutch Feb 10, 2010

Ampersand, but 'en-teken' or 'et-teken' is used as well.

 

Nikita Kobrin  Identity Verified
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амперсанд, символ / знак &

 


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