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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2006

Backslash vs. Forward Slash
There Is a Right Way To Refer To This

Ok, I've heard this term used incorrectly way too often.  It's starting to make me (a self-confessed web geek since 1996) cringe every time I hear a "professional" reference to it in advertisements, meetings, and general conversation.

There is no such thing as a FORWARD SLASH!

Furthermore, when spelling out a web address, the character is correctly referred to as a slash, not a backslash.  Here's a diagram to help:

/ = this little guy leans forward
\ = this little guy leans back

So www.rickbreslin.com/music reads "double u double u double u dot rick breslin dot com slash music."

I know, I know, why not call it a "forwardslash" if it leans forward?  Well, why not call it "forwardpeddling" or "forwardspace?"  Answer: you just don't.

I know this seems like a bitchy, know-it-all type of post, but it's honestly meant to hopefully get indexed by Google.  The next time a copywriter (not a copyrighter) looks up the proper usage of the "slash," they can write their client's ad with the correct annunciation for the voiceover guy.

 Blogged by Rick on Monday, February 06, 2006 at 1:39:04 PM EST » Top 


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