Due to a Latin spelling convention, the character “&” became known as the ampersand. When spelling things in Latin, singular characters that stand alone as words must be used with the phrase “per se”. So, “&” (a singular character for the word “et”) would be “et per se, et”. This carried over to English as “and per se, and”. The practice faded with time, except for “&” which, over the years, morphed into one word — “ampersand” — by which the character would be known forever.
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To curb drug deaths, communities turn to Reddit, texts and wastewater
With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here