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.