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The most usual theory about the origin of question marks, according to several sources, may have derived from an abbreviation of the latin quaestio, shortened to "Qo" and then the curve of the Q adapted to a single character (much as the French/Latin "et" became &). However, the initial question mark is most likely an invention of the Real Academia ...


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Apparently there is this 46 characters word - not accepted by RAE: Alfadenobetaparahidroxifenilpropanoicotirosina I also thought that "anticonstitucionalmente" was the longest one accepted by RAE, but then I went across another one that does not use the "-mente" trick and also has 23 characters (already mentioned in Javi's answer): ...


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La clase zoológica de los mamíferos se divide en varias familias, que en lenguaje corriente se designan con palabras esdrújulas. Por ejemplo los bóvidos, cánidos, cérvidos, félidos y camélidos. Los cerdos y jabalíes se agrupan en la familia de los suidos. Esta palabra, en concordancia con el resto de las familias, se pronuncia como si tuviera tres sílabas ...


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Between people who don't know his name is called "El símbolo de y" (the symbol of and).


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In Colombia and Ecuador and Peru and Venezuela we have always used e comercial (pronounciation, et comercial written). In Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic I've seen them use y comercial In Spain as Hnavarro said they use ampersand. In my humble opinion e comercial is more adapted to the spanish language. Ampersand is more of english and mostly used ...



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