Recently I asked a friend to proofread a document for me, & gasp! - he did not like my use of the ampersand.
Not long ago, I also saw a tweet (& ugh, how much do I dislike that medium?) from the Fake AP Stylebook, which is one of the few things in my Twitter feed that I enjoy, & it said this:
Avoid using ampersands in place of the word "and." We've talked & talked about this.
[& insert laughter here]
& slightly off topic, do you notice a trend that I prefer fake news & fake stylebooks much more than the real thing? Of course, it's only knowing the real thing & getting the humor of those spoofs that make it worthwhile enjoyment. I sometimes repost in Facebook some of the things from, say, The Onion & Newsarse & get comments from some very literal types who do not recognize it as irony or satire & OMG, does that ever make me roll my eyes & twinkle inside my humor button, too.
But anyway, what's all this prejudice against ampersands? I think they're so pretty -- curvy & luscious. Surely there are much more egregious errors, such as the constant & ubiquitous misspelling of it's & its & they're & their & your & you're. The ampersand is a perfectly good symbol for a perfectly good conjunction.
& look! There is a blog celebrating the beautiful ampersand here!
& another one about the mesmerizing curves of the ampersand here.
See how pretty?
& I'm thinking I will use them as much as possible now, just because I can.
& thanks for the blog fodder, buddy!
And (refreshing to see the word "and" now, innit?) in a separate but somehow related topic, I've been devouring one of the books I brought home from Nova Scotia:
But anyhow, one of my favorites from the book is on page 128:
"Waterworks - Trouble with your waterworks means your pisser isn't working right."
I think I love Nova Scotia even more than I thought I did.