Is there a short form of and aside from &? For instance, w/o is a short form of without.

I used to write it but I forgot since I don't live in the US.

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    The word "and" is already short at 3 characters total. Except for "&", I don't think I've ever seen it abbreviated. I mean in some contexts you could interpret "/" as "and", or use the Latin "et" (as in "et cetera", "et al"), but that is far from common practice.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 11:31
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    @Dan: there are lots of ways of handwriting &, although that's the only printed means. Wikipedia has some of them. Hopefully, I can find pictures somewhere. Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 11:36
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    The shortest form of and is "+". It's easier to write out than an ampersand, but the ampersand is the more common short and. Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 11:38
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    Look at Glyph Number 2 in Wikipedia with the top vertical line dropped and some of the lines straightened. It's essentially a "+" sign drawn without lifting your pen from the paper. That looks nothing like &, but I've seen it used. Maybe this is what you're thinking of. Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 11:59
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    In handwriting, I used to use a version of the glyph mentioned by @Peter Shor, bit without the top vertical stroke above the curve. I think that used to be common in at least BrE before we all had keyboards.
    – TrevorD
    Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 12:27

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May be you are looking for 'N'. Like in "Rock 'n' Roll".


There is no commonly-accepted "short form" for "and", other than "&" (ampersand), or, more informally, "+" (plus).

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