Common Symbols

The ampersand is the only symbol used in the Latin alphabet to replace a whole word – “and”. "And" is only the 5th most commonly used word in the English language, so why are there not more examples of this in other words – and if there were – what could they look like? This formed my dissertation topic, where I researched the origins of the written language, looked to the future, and created symbols to replace ten commonly used words. This symbols could genuinely have an effect on the busy modern world, from scribbling down notes fast to expressing more in one tweet…

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