I venture out my usual forum haunts in MPSIMS and IMHO to ask an actual factual question. And one minor one.
I just finished the book Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose. It is about the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800’s here in the USA.
With the author quoting various writings/journals/correspondence from the period in the book I noticed something that peaked my curiosity.
Let me show an example:
“quote quote. And quote &c.”
“quote text and text, text &c &. Text text…”
I can understand the text part, even given the various misspellings, which seem to be mostly phonetic.
However, I am wondering about the use of ‘&c’ and ‘&’ inside the quotes.
What do these (&c, &) symbolize is my main question.
This inquiry would be regarded to modern day.
Am I asking for Lexicology or Lexicography advice here?
Color me confused.