backslash vs slash : Common Errors in English

About backslash vs slash

This is a slash: /. Because the top of it leans forward, it is sometimes called a “forward slash.”This is a backslash: \. Notice the way it leans back, distinguishing it from the regular slash.Slashes are often used to indicate directories and subdirectories in computer systems such as Unix and in World Wide Web addresses. Unfortunately, many people, assuming “backslash” is some sort of technical term for the regular slash, use the term incorrectly, which risks confusing those who know enough to distinguish between the two but not enough to realize that Web addresses rarely contain backslashes.

slash Meaning(s)

  • (n) a wound made by cutting
  • (n) an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)
  • (n) a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
  • (n) a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument
  • (v) cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
  • (v) beat severely with a whip or rod
  • (v) cut open
  • (v) cut drastically
  • (v) move or stir about violently

slash in News

  1. 4 Easy Steps for Safe Summer Grilling

    These easy tweaks can seriously slash the dangers of grilling.        
    on June 15, 2013 Source: ABC News

  2. Smart Ways to Slash Your Summer Bills

    Summer is here, and as the temperature rises, your energy bills probably will, too. But you don't have to break the bank to beat the heat. Here's a guide to the small and large projects that will help slash your summer utility bills.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: U.S.News & World Report LP via Yahoo! News

  3. Nikki Sixx Interviews Slash

    Guns N' Roses legend Slash joined Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx recently on his 'Sixx Sense' radio show and audio from the session has been posted
    on June 14, 2013 Source: antiMUSIC

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