Cole Imperi, CT March 1, 2010 Type Typography Monday! The Ampersand Cole Imperi, CT March 1, 2010 Type This comes from the shorthand of a guy named Marcus Tullius Tiro who lived way back in the first century AD. It's a ligature for the Latin word et. Many use it to mean 'and' and it is also used in the names of companies. Like Barnum & Bailey.