I found the expression in this video (around 0:56): Youth & Consequences (Ep 1) - The Hanging Chadwick Part 1

(Farrah narrating) That’s Sarah Hurley. She and I almost didn’t make it as friends because of the Sarah and Farrah annoyance. I am not an ampersand person. So I got the whole school to call her Hurley.

I know that ampersand is the '&'-sign. But I do not know that this is supposed to mean in this context. Could you explain that to me? Thank you!

  • Please include some relevant details in your posts, including a transcript of the dialogue, or a summary of the events. Please see Details, Please. – Em. Aug 9 '18 at 23:26
  • @Em.: Okay sorry, I am new in ELL. I will pay attention to that the next time. And thanks for editing. – Diglett Aug 10 '18 at 13:09

I'm not an ampersand person is a very elliptical statement.

When someone likes dogs, or is a so-called "dog-lover", they're called a dog person, or if they like cats, a cat person.

Do you like dogs?

-- No, I'm more of a fish person.

So what that sentence means literally is "I am not a lover of ampersands". "I don't like ampersands". But figuratively, what the person in that video is saying is "I don't think of myself as half of a duo, and I don't want people to think of me that way."

Here's how that meaning is arrived at...

When two people become known as a duo, especially in popular entertainment, they often get referred to by a "commercial name" that takes this pattern:

name1 & name2

It is a kind of "billing", how the name would be represented on a poster advertising a concert, say.

For example, these names from American popular culture from decades past:

Sonny & Cher

Captain & Tenille

Simon & Garfunkel

You can see this tendency to use the ampersand with duos at this site.

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