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Response to yewberry (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 16, 2016, 09:55 PM

18. That's interesting.

I had no idea about the history of the ampersand. Thanks!

Reading up on the ampersand led me to these alphabet rhymes; they include the ampersand, as you mentioned, and I found interesting in their own right:


The rhyme also began to be changed in other ways, as in The Real History of the Apple Pie, which has an extended coda:

Says A, give me a good large slice,
Says B, a little bit, but nice,
Says C, cut me a piece of crust, Take it, says D, itís dry as dust,
Says E, Iíll eat it fast, I will, Says F, I vow Iíll have my fill,
Says G, give it me good and great, Says H, a little bit I hate,
Says I, itís ice I must request, Says J, the juice I love the best,
Says K, letís keep it up above, Says L, the borderís what I love,
Says M, it makes your teeth to chatter, N said, itís nice, thereís nought the matter,
O othersí plates with grief surveyed, P for a large piece begged and prayed,
Q quarrelled for the topmost slice, R rubbed his hands and said ďitís nice,Ē
S silent sat, and simply looked, T thought, and said, itís nicely cooked,
U understood the fruit was cherry, V vanished when they all got merry,
W wished thereíd been a quince in, X here explained heíd need convincing,
Y said, Iíll eat, and yield to none, Z, like a zany, said heíd done,
While ampersand purloined the dish, And for another pie did wish.

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