Hi all! Jaime here . . . I am crunching words to make a deadline, so this week, I invited my coffee cohort and super-de-duper good friend Teresa Tysinger to fill in for me here on the blog. Enjoy! I sure did :)
The Most Romantic Character - Teresa Tysinger
I’m here to make a bold case for the most romantic character in the English language. Yes, language – not literature. (That’s a whole other blog post that I’ll happily leave to one of the CCC gals).
The most romantic character is unequivocally the ampersand (&). That’s right. The curly Q, rolling R, and sometimes Y have nothing on the most visually unique and interesting &.
If you’ll humor this nerdy double English major for a second, let’s chat about the &’s etymology (that is, it’s history and origin). The E and T of the Latin word et, meaning “and,” were often written together to form a ligature—a character consisting of two or more joined letters. Some experts say the & was found in its earliest form way back in Pompeii, preserved by the infamous Mount Vesuvius eruption and later uncovered by archeologists. Despite it being such an ancient symbol, the word ampersand was first seen in the late 18th century. It is an alteration of and per se and, literally “and (&) by itself makes the word and,” which was once recited by children to help learn the sign. So, and per se and became ampersand.* Neat, huh?
Perhaps, you don’t need me to tell you why the & is so romantic. What is more romantic than a symbol that joins two things. For an author of love stories, it doesn’t get any better. Its graceful curves wrap the hand of our heroine through the arm of our hero. They become one.
Maybe it’s a stretch. A cheesy, starry-eyed way of looking at a practical, utilitarian character meant simply for efficiency of writing.
But, it’s our job as writers and readers to romanticize. Well, if not our job, certainly our prerogative. I guess that’s why I collect &s. I have them on my shelves, walls, stationary, and even coffee cups. One of my favorite gifts from my husband is a beautiful You & Me print framed and hanging above our bed. It is a reminder that I’m not alone. A reminder of my own love story.
Keeping with cheesy, I think the & is why I write romance. I can’t help but create stories that bring two people together. When I see one of the many &s I’ve collected, I’m inspired to write someone else’s You & Me.
My latest endeavor at writing the & of two characters is After All These Years. Meet Maggie, an author distracted by a crush years in the making. This short story releases November 1 exclusively to my newsletter subscribers, followed by a new short story every month set on the cozy campus of Blue Ridge University, a fictional school in the mountains of North Carolina. These short, inspirational romances about the professors, faculty, students, and townspeople will leave you rooting for true love and sighing with satisfaction. If you’re interested, subscribe for free at http://teresatysinger.com/newsletter.
Thanks again to the ladies of CCC for hosting me today. Do you have a You & Me story? An example of how exciting and important “and” is in your life? I’d love to hear about it!
*Thanks to OxfordDictionaries.com for reminding me of some of the specifics.
Teresa Tysinger is an author of charming Southern romance inspired by grace, graphic designer, communications specialist, and lover of happy endings. She lives in Texas with her hero-inspiring theater professional husband, spunky and hysterical daughter, and precious pup.
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