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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.


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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
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 22:32
  • I think he would find that irresistible. Maybe a Unicorn with an English accent? Commented Jun 17, 2013 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
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 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
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 23:34
  • @WorldEngineer do you really want it that clear? That'd be bad whiteboard handwriting if you ask me. Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 21:37

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