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APCs Insider, August 14, 2015

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In North America, two short soundings of a train whistle indicates what?
a. An obstruction is seen on the tracks
b. The train is applying its brakes
c. The train is approaching a public crossing
d. The train is releasing its brakes and moving forward
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Last week’s question
Which symbol was at one point considered part of the English alphabet?
a. @
b. &
c. *
d. %
The answer is B. The ampersand symbol has existed for more than 1,500 years as a combination of the Roman letters E and T, meaning “and.” The symbol was placed at the end of the alphabet, with children in the early 1800s reciting it after the letter Z by saying “and per se and,” with “per se” meaning “by itself.” Eventually, this wording got slurred, leading to the name ampersand, though the symbol was eventually dropped from the alphabet.

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