I got another question from the Peanut Gallery today.
Don in Houston asks:
“Which is preferred in formal documents, the ampersand symbol (&) or the word “and”?
Short Answer: Use “and,” not &
When I was a magazine editor, many oilfield marketing people would post their news stories on the Internet, and you would get gobbledygook like & wherever there was an ampersand (&) in the text, and I would have to fix them all before publishing the story in the magazine. Ampersands do not always translate well in digital form, so if you can get away without using them, that would be preferable to avoid such problems.
The ampersand is used in XML and HTML to introduce an SGML entity, which stands for Standard Government Markup Language. You know when the US government is involved, things are going to get ugly. Well, that’s why this happens.
Therefore, ampersands do not always translate well in digital form, so if you can get away without using them, that would be preferable to avoid such problems.
Exceptions to the Rule:
• Oil & Gas Journal, AT&T and other company names (not Oil and Gas Investor)
• In tables where space is tight
Ampersands are really good to use in passwords, too.
Typo of the Day: Preformed instead of Performed
The petrophysical analysis was then preformed.
I guess that means they wrote the report before they actually looked at the cores and logs.
Profound Quote of the Day:
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”
– Samuel Johnson, English author, 1709-1784