This St. Patrick’s day, America’s bar tab is projected to be over $245 million. Traditionally, it’s a day for americans to get blind stinkin’ drunk, have a big party, and then enjoy a nice hangover the next day. Why?
Getting drunk and St. Patrick’s Day have about as much in common as the Easter Bunny does with Easter, & (There’s a story behind this symbol. Scroll down to read it) It’s all explained in the video below…
This symbol is called an ampersand and it used to be the 27th letter of the alphabet.
Roman scribes wrote the word “et”, which was short for “and”. But since they wrote in cursive the e and the t became inextricably linked and the “&” was born.
The word “ampersand” developed years later when school children in the 1800’s recited their ABC’s. The last letter, of course, was “&” but it would’ve been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, And.” So instead they said “and Per Se”, which means “By itself”, before saying “And.” So it sounded like this: “X, Y, Z and by itself And.” Over time those words were slurred together to create “Ampersand.” It was dropped from the alphabet some time before the end of the 19th century. Cool, huh?