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