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Can we get a good old ampersand please? The ligature has been around for almost 2000 years (early instances can be seen in Pompeian graffiti), I'm kinda used to it.


That is apparently how Gregory House writes it. (It's not Lupus!)

An examination of the symbols on the top row of the keyboard yields:

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Where a couple of symbols (namely the @ and the *) are conspicuously missing. Apparently Hugh Laurie never wrote them on the whiteboard during the entire series.

UL is an abbreviation for a number of medical terms, including Undifferentiated Lymphoma. It is entirely possible that the maker of the font confused that abbreviation with the ampersand.

Unfortunately, it requires a font editor (and an intern with a black marker and a steady hand) to fix it.

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    Hey, perhaps we can get Hugh Laurie to draw a normal ampersand for us. You think he'll do it for some sweet Stack Exchange swag?
    – yannis
    Jun 17 '13 at 22:32
  • I think he would find that irresistible. Maybe a Unicorn with an English accent? Jun 17 '13 at 22:33
  • Sounds like a plan! And in the highly unlikely case it doesn't work, we could always replace the damn font.
    – yannis
    Jun 17 '13 at 22:34
  • We could have a community member with good, clear whiteboard handwriting make a new font for us. Maybe hold a contest?
    – user28988
    Jun 17 '13 at 23:34
  • @WorldEngineer do you really want it that clear? That'd be bad whiteboard handwriting if you ask me. Jun 18 '13 at 21:37

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