[TUHS] Slashes (was: MS-DOS)
cym224 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 7 23:43:05 AEST 2016
On 7 July 2016 at 01:02, Greg 'groggy' Lehey <grog at lemis.com> wrote:
> On Friday, 1 July 2016 at 21:13:00 -0400, Steve Nickolas wrote:
>> On Fri, 1 Jul 2016, Norman Wilson wrote:
>>> I suspect Yanks being pedantic about `slash' versus `forward slash'
>>> would give an Englishman a stroke.
>>> If that's too oblique for some of you, I can't help.
>> I think the proper term is "Virgule" anyway. ;)
> For some definition of "proper". But it's doubly ambiguous: it's the
> French word for comma, and OED states:
> A thin sloping or upright line (/, |) occurring in mediæval MSS. as
> a mark for the cæsura or as a punctuation-mark (frequently with the
> same value as the modern comma).
On the other hand, the OED has the following.
slash 5. A thin sloping line, thus /
solidus 2. A sloping line used to separate shillings from pence, as 12/6,
in writing fractions, and for other separations of figures and letters; a
I would argue "solidus" is closer.
> In modern context, it might apply equally to \\.
> Clearly that has even more capacity to confuse.
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