is a ligature of E and T. If you look at it, you can see how it looks like a (lowercase) E and a T.
Despite the obvious conclusion that this is somehow related to ET
, the frightening, horror-iblific
alien bent on worldwide destruction
, it actually is a condensed form of "et". "et" is the Latin
word for "and".
So, when you use an ampersand
, you're showing how scholarly you are and demonstrating your '3l33t hax0r
' knowledge of Latin