The Non-Alphabetical Character of the Year for 2006 has been selected: &. The Committee decided on & due to the year being host to “multiple events.” Chairman of the Committee explained, “So many things happened in 2006. This and that and this and that other thing. We felt like & was the obvious choice to represent the vast number of unrelated events that transpired over the last 365 days.”
Runners-up included # (society’s obsession with celebrity rankings), @ (the rise of the internet), © (the battles over copyright), † (the rise and fall of Christianity in politics), Ω (a new interest in horseshoes amongst young people), and ≈ (some squiggly lines).