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In typography, a counter or aperture is an area entirely or partially enclosed by a letter form or a symbol (the counter-space/ the hole of). Letters containing closed counters include A, B, D, O, P, Q, R, a, b, d, e, g, o, p, and q. Letters containing open counters include c, f, h, i, s etc. The digits 0, 4, 6, 8, and 9 also possess a counter.
The typographic symbol used to designate the word and (& ) is the Latin symbol for et which means and. The name, ampersand , is believed to be derived from the phrase “and per se and.” On a standard English layout keyboard the ampersand (&) is accessed with shift+7. In many fonts the ampersand looks much like a cursive S or a curvy plus sign but in other fonts you can almost see the word Et in the design of the ampersand.
Also Known As: & | and
An inkstick (墨 sumi). The best inksticks are between 50 and 100 years old.
Mulberry paper (和紙 washi).
An inkstone (硯 suzuri) to grind the inkstick against, mixed with water.
A cloth (下敷き shitajiki) to place under the paper (often newsprint is used as well) to prevent ink from bleeding through.