As mentioned in our abbre­vi­a­tions section, the ampersand is a replacement for and.” It should only be used in official names, nav­i­ga­tion­al labels and short, title case headlines. 

We don’t use ampersands in subheadings or body copy for a few reasons:

  • It’s not AP Style.
  • You might acci­den­tal­ly switch from the symbol to and,” especially in longer pieces. Things could get messy. 
  • Using the symbol draws the reader’s attention to the most incon­se­quen­tial word in your writing. Don’t give it the satisfaction.
Last Updated: 20 May 2020 at 10:48am CDT