More Thoughts On the Nonstandard Uses of “Slash”

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A couple weeks ago Anne Curzan wrote an article for the Lingua Franca blog about new slang uses of the word slash. This article particularly interested me because I, like her students, have been using the slash in these ways for the last five-plus years. As a linguist slash huge nerd, the first thing I did after reading Curzan’s article was search my personal corpus of Google Chat logs for real-life examples of these new usages of slash.

Let’s review the new uses of slash brought to Curzan’s attention by her undergraduate students.

1. Written out where the symbol [/] traditionally appears (discussed here)
Curzan’s example:
Does anyone care if my cousin comes and visits slash stays with us Friday night?

My examples:

I want to go there slash hang out. (8/6/08)
Anyway, he has a girlfriend slash nothing in common with me. (5/8/13)

2. Distinguishing between “(a) the activity that the speaker or writer was intending to do or should have been doing, and (b) the activity that the speaker or writer actually did or anticipated they would do”
Curzan’s examples:
I went to class slash caught up on Game of Thrones.
I need to go home and write my essay slash take a nap
My example:

Making sure my facebook photos are “workplace appropriate” slash obsessively scrutinizing every outfit I’ve ever been photographed in. (1/21/13, submitted by a coworker)

3. Conjunction meaning “following up,” “related to that,” or “on another topic”
Curzan’s examples:
I really love that hot dog place on Liberty Street. Slash can we go there tomorrow?

JUST SAW ALEX! Slash I just chubbed on oatmeal raisin cookies at north quad and i miss you
My examples:
Are you going to Rachel’s tonight? Slash is she really sick? (7/14/08)
You’ll have to tell me what’s up with your boyfriend when you find out. Slash, you should call him out on this. (10/14/08)
When do you get off work? Slash, do you need alone time before I come over? (12/7/10)

While all three of Curzan’s senses of the nonstandard slash are interesting, the second one particularly fascinates me because it brought another use of slash to light. In this sense, the students were possibly doing the two different things at once. The student was watching Game of Thrones while in class, doing both activities mentioned before and after the slash simultaneously.

The second example stood out to me as an entirely different use of the slash. It could mean that the student will go home and work on an essay and take a nap. However, it could also mean the student will go home and take a nap instead of  working on the essay. In this second interpretation, the slash transforms “write my essay” into a euphemism for “take a nap.” My additional sense of the slash encompasses this usage:

4. Slash used between a euphemistic way of saying something and an overly dramatic, negative, or direct way of saying the same thing
My examples:

“Former Donald Trump lieutenantess Carolyn Kepcher may have left-slash-got-fired from the Trump Organization last summer, but she’s still got a lot of wisdom to impart about how to deal with bosses.” (01/30/07, Gawker)
“The Huffington Post, your favorite blog network slash mass content grave, will debut a streaming online video channel this summer.” (02/04/12, Gawker)

Even Ken Jennings of Jeopardy fame tweeted an example of this use of slash in 2011.


Here the slash expresses snark and not simultaneity. In my estimation, both senses (Curzan’s second sense and my additional sense) are unique and speak to current trends. In a time when so much communication happens in writing, whether text message, instant message, or email, it’s difficult to fully grasp tone. In this case, slash is used as a tool to connote humor similar to the smiley- and winky-face emoticons. “I’m joking,” they say to readers, “I’m being funny.” Curzan’s second sense of slash (I’m doing this thing I probably shouldn’t be doing and/while I’m doing something else) acts as a catch-all in this age of multitasking and (over)sharing. There is an implicit hierarchy to the slash. Imagine telling a friend that you worked on your presentation slash stalked your ex on Facebook versus telling the same thing to a coworker. The friend will probably focus on the cyberstalking bit, while the coworker is likely to weigh the work-related part of this statement more heavily.

In these examples, slash is used in the same context and with the same level of snarkiness as the strikethrough. The strikethrough is when a writer strikes through text, replacing it with new text. Of course, in the age of computers this outdated mark-up is used as a writing convention to express a snarky or joking tone, as opposed to its original use to simply correct a mistake. Gossip websites like Jezebel and Perez Hilton take advantage of this convention as a sort of wink to their readers. (See also the slang euphemistic construction of “and by ____ I mean ____” as popularized by the show Clone High. In one episode a character says the following to a table full of ladies: “Hey, let’s all go swimming in my pool, and by pool I mean bathtub, and by swimming, I mean sex.” The two real-life examples could easily be written with a strikethrough or with Clone High-style phrasing.)

All three of Curzan’s uses of slash and my additional sense are casual and light in manner. While they’re still considered to be slang at this point in time, they certainly seem useful enough to me to be candidates for mainstream usage in the future. I wonder if they’ll ever be elevated beyond nonstandard usage. What do you think? Do you have any good examples of these new slang uses of slash? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Destin -  August 31, 2016 - 11:46 am

    I believe this topic has been made far too complicated, and (three years later) I would like to set the record straight. “Slash,” besides being an audible voicing of the written slash, is a word that means “which was/is/will be somehow combined with.” Because of this, whenever it appears at the beginning of a clause, “slash” often represents a change in thought. In such a case, the speaker is using it to denote that they are shifting topic but cannot or are not taking the time to explain how the thoughts are being combined. In most cases when separating clauses, it can also be thought of as offering a choice for conversation. If someone tells you two very separate things and connects them with “and,” then you know that you should consider the two things related, even if they are only related in that you should follow up on both in the conversation. However, when someone uses the word “slash” instead, it means they are not sure how the two should be combined, so either one can be the head topic or both can stand alone or only one needs to be followed up with, so you should pick the topic of your choice. In general, the word “slash” used in these ways denotes that the speaker is trying to describe some thing or idea that they do not feel common structures would adequately describe anyway or that they just don’t care to find a way of communicating clearly. Sometimes this lackadaisical approach, especially when coupled with extremely serious topics, supplies sarcasm.

  2. Wayne -  April 30, 2014 - 12:57 am

    I live in Vancouver. We have an active film industry with plenty of ups and downs. We sometimes use the term “slash waiter”. For us it means a waiter (or server) who has another occupation that they are more interested in such as writer/waiter or actor/waiter. It generally means they are a poor, inattentive server.
    “Last night the food was great but we had a slash waiter so we were starving when it arrived.”

  3. voltes five -  April 27, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    laser sword slash, diamos slash.. slash.. slash.. slash..

  4. Davor -  April 26, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    What a lot of people here seem to be forgetting/ignoring is the constant interplay between written and spoken language … and what a lot of the snarky[*] responses ignore is people’s often-playful use of language, in both speech and writing.

    (For better clarity, in the following I’m going to use double quotes for things written and single quotes for things spoken, e.g. he wrote “this” but said ‘that’.)

    Though I have no real evidence for this — only my subjective sense of the chronology — I believe that sense (1) of the new “slash” usages started with people attempting to voice the written form. Indeed, Curzon says much the same in the article originally cited.

    Writing “go there/hang out” has been around quite a while, as I recall. That turned into saying ‘go there slash hang out’. After all, like all punctuation marks, “/” doesn’t have a pronunciation, only (pronounceable) names — ‘slash’, ‘stroke’, or whatever, depending on the speaker’s background. (The sort of person who would non-ironically, non-playfully say ‘go there virgule hang out’? I don’t think I want to hang out with them :-) )

    Then that spoken usage would have migrated back into writing. Perhaps (though here I’m really going out on a limb) that began with quoted speech — “She said, ‘I’m going to go there slash hang out’” — to make it clear that the speaker said the word; or with writers who, though not quoting spoken language, are deliberately imitating it. (That latter can, of course, be done in other ways too, as, um, I’m sometimes guilty of.)

    Senses (2) and (4) are quite close, as another commenter observed. Both express a humorous contradiction between the ideas before and after the slash. The only difference is in what sort of contradiction. In (2), it’s what should happen vs. what will. In (4), it’s between the polite/euphemistic/politically-correct way of not saying a thing, and the plain-spoken truth of the matter.

    I surmise that this is more than related to strikethrough; as in (1), it might well have descended from the written form. In this case, I imagine the reference is not to the “/” mark, but to the act of slashing out the old text, as in marking up a preliminary manuscript in pre-word-processor times — which in turn would be an allusion to slashing (at) something with a knife. (Has anyone else ever heard “slashing out” used in reference to striking out copy that’s to be deleted, or am I imagining that?)

    Sense (3) I’ve never heard. It hasn’t migrated as far out of youthspeak yet as the other senses have, I guess.

    [*] BTW, “snarky” is very familiar to me (demographic: white male; Southern Ontario, Canada; age mid-50s). Indeed, I’m surprised to learn that it’s new to some folks; I’d assumed it was universal. “Snark” not so much, but it’s an obvious back-formation.

  5. Jamie -  April 26, 2014 - 12:33 am

    Okay, but everyone also knows that slash is generally slang for erotic fanfiction, right? Lie that’s the most common usage I’ve heard.

  6. Ren -  April 24, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Many apologies in advance that I’m having to drag this conversation down into the gutter…

    but whenever I hear the word slash I can’t help think of the slang word for urinating. i.e going to take a slash / have a slash.

    Would be interesting to find out how long the other usages have been about for!

  7. Laura H. -  April 24, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Almost all of these uses seem ridiculous to me because there are already perfectly good ways to write them. For example,

    a) I’m going home to “study” (take a nap).

    Even better as (i.e., take a nap).

    b) I want to go there and hang out.

    c) As used in meaning 3 above, the slash is completely unnecessary.

    Why is “/” being written out anyway? Is it hard to use on a smart phone?

    • Trish -  April 25, 2014 - 4:58 pm

      I am guilty of using the ” ” and I know some people dislike it intensely. I’ve tried to ‘quit’ . (smirk!) And my other is ……… yes, consecutive periods to move on to a new subject. Sir Techie had made us lax in expressing ourselves in writing as our English teacher would approve. Your ideas are viable, indeed.

  8. jacquie -  April 24, 2014 - 11:23 am

    the only slashing i see is obama slashing small busieness. destroy teh fed

  9. katie -  April 23, 2014 - 9:56 am

    slash slash slash
    (using a knive/urinating simultaneously)

  10. gray -  April 22, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    The only times I’ve heard the word “slash” in normal use is when it applies to (a) use of a knive, e.g. slash the throat…, and (b) urinating, e.g. must go have a slash….

  11. Zippi -  April 22, 2014 - 5:20 am

    We used to say “stroke,” I think. The slash, of course, occurs in two forms; the forwards slash and the back slash. More commonly, I think, we would say “and or,” rather than vocalising a punctuation mark; the only punctuation marks that were vocalised were inverted commas and the full stop, unless, of course, the speaker was dictating.
    Why is it that people are increasingly vocalising symbols, such as “heart,” instead of love?

  12. naynay -  April 21, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    what about the aspirational slash? actor slash model. singer slash songwriter…

  13. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  April 21, 2014 - 11:11 am

    if someone doesn’t tell me how to breed horses in Minecraft I’ll kill myself right now. I’m already depressed due to a repression of homoerotic feelings and i can NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE

  14. Pradeep -  March 24, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    Gas prices slashed. That’s the only slash that matters, coming to the slash mentioned in the article, who speaks like this? May be snobs… :) Whatever…

  15. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 16, 2013 - 4:35 am

    Right now I’m doing my homework slash commenting on Dictionary.com articles (my social site). ;)

    @L.T. Rhyme:
    Please stop posting those comments! When I see them I want to break my laptop screen! Aggh!

    I think “snarky” is mostly used by middle schoolers and teenagers. I’m both, since today is my 13th birthday! :)

    Yeah, I think “/” can be used to designate fan fiction relationships between any 2 characters that were not in the original book/movie, not just gay relationships (which I hate). Like Harry/Hermione, or Hollyleaf/Mousewhisker (I just made that 2nd one up for example purposes).

    And that’s another meaning for “/”: “or.”

    Does anyone know how to breed horses in Minecraft?

    • A Religious Fellow -  April 21, 2014 - 3:27 pm

      I’m doing exactly what wolf tamer and tree puncher is doing. P.S. cool name by the way.

  16. Swinebeef -  May 28, 2013 - 10:29 am

    I think: a) there is no need to spell out ‘slash’; b) the alternate uses (apart from #1 and perhaps #4) seem confusing and contrived; and c) if another expression or construct would more clearly state one’s point, it should be used (such as ‘and’ in place of ‘/’).

  17. Ron -  May 28, 2013 - 10:15 am

    Uses 2 and 4 are the same as the examples for usage 1. Each provides an alternate way of saying the phrase preceding the slash, simply with different degrees of comedic intent. Usage 2 is just a specific case of usage 4.

    Usage 3, with the meaning “related to that,” seems to be an extension of that usage. The other examples of usage 3 with other meanings seem to be jumble of erroneous examples used by people who don’t really understand how a slash works, as exemplified by the fact that you consider “related to that” and “on another subject” to somehow be the same usage instead of having opposite meanings.

    Also, for the record, I would not rely on any sentence containing “lieutenantess” to provide an example of correct language use.

  18. DBbbb -  May 28, 2013 - 9:57 am

    As a trained linguist and college instructor in central Ohio for the past 18 years, I have heard no such established use of “slash” in spoken conversation as you claim in your column. This leads me to wonder whether you are describing a specific regionalism, that has not yet reached other areas of the States, nor of the English-speaking world. I think, in the interest of academic accuracy, a little more investigation into location is warranted!

  19. Gabby -  May 27, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    I think they forgot the most important way to use “slash”. Search “slash fanfiction” on Google and prepare to be amazed.

  20. Cas -  May 27, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    As a student of linguistics, I found this article highly fascinating/nerdgasmed. I’m absolutely enamored with the creativity and dynamics of vernacular speech. I don’t know if “slash” will ever be mainstream/standard, but if it did, I wonder if it would come to contrast with “and” similarly to how the two Korean verb endings for “and” do. In Korean, “sö” joins two verbs temporally and causally, e.g. “gagee gasö gudurül sassöyo.” “I went to the store and (in so doing) bought shoes.” And “go” means the two verbs took place one after the other, or at the same time, but are unrelated causally, e.g. “gagee gago jibe gassöyo.” “I went to the store and (then afterwards) went home.” Like “sö,” “slash” seems to imply a closer relationship between the words/phrases they join than “and”, but also implies an “or.” It’s a useful distinction, but only time will tell if it’ll stick around.

    • Mara -  August 3, 2016 - 11:26 pm

      I see “Korean” and I went batshit crazy. By the way, can you give me sites that can help me learn more about the Korean language? I am a starter.

  21. Kelly S. -  May 27, 2013 - 11:51 am

    One commenter cited Hermione/Harry as a “slash” pairing; this is inaccurate. “Slash” in this context refers to homosexual pairings.

    Fanlore has an excellent article on the term, citing Star Trek fanfiction as the likeliest origin of it (Kirk/Spock).

  22. Leah -  May 25, 2013 - 2:56 am

    I sometimes, when speaking, say ‘slash’ where the slash should occur. But, i’m not sure if i’ve ever used it in typing, where it makes alot more sense to just type a ‘/’.

    Anyway, the person that wrote “who writes like this? this is ridiculous” made me laugh out loud :)

  23. Joefrog -  May 24, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    It is easier to spell out slash when texting than change to the keyboard window to get a / .

  24. LoriB -  May 24, 2013 - 10:45 am


    Based on those two paragraphs alone, I think I love you. No slash required.

  25. mike smith -  May 24, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Looks like people are using “slash” just to be cute and attract attention to themselves; this includes the author. Plain English can be simpler and more precise

  26. SwagYOungMoneyYoloSwerve -  May 23, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Who needs punctuation when you have swag punctuation is useless and totally swag-less guiz

  27. Hoa -  May 23, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    oh so that’s how it means

  28. Rebecca -  May 23, 2013 - 4:00 am

    Is this based on American English?

  29. A -  May 23, 2013 - 3:57 am

    Very interesting indeed. I’m not sure why people who aren’t interested in such things are wasting their time reading articles on a thesaurus website and leaving negative comments. How sad.
    I, however, am also a linguist/huge nerd and appreciate all efforts to analyse new patterns in slang.

  30. Sylvan -  May 22, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    @ Stan: I think “snark” and “snarky” may have regional differences in frequency of use. Here on the West coast of America, I hear it quite a lot, both written and spoken, by both adults and teens. It means barbed sarcasm that is intended to be funny. It is often used when criticizing someone in print so that the tone comes through clearly, since sarcasm often fails to be understood in print. For example “My daughter got in trouble for being snarky to her teacher” or “Gee, I just read the best article ever about new and totally superfluous uses of punctuation! /snark.” (Also, I see that use of the (/) character more often. It comes from HTML coding, and means “end of emphasis”. I’m surprised that one isn’t mentioned.)

  31. Estef -  May 22, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    I thought this article was insightful and relevant slash haters gonna hate on the evolution of the English language.

  32. Sophie -  May 22, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    no one says “slash” or snarky. I’m a teen and everyone knows someone is listening, and to sound more mature you DO NOT use stupid slang.

  33. Annonymous -  May 22, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    That was great slash weird

  34. babs -  May 22, 2013 - 10:01 am

    @ Stan you generally don’t hear the word snarky in conversation but adults and teens tend to use it

  35. Me -  May 22, 2013 - 7:00 am

    Wow! Am I the only one that found that hard to read (slash) stopped half way through because the vernacular was really annoying me?
    That’s just awful; and I’m glad I’ve never encountered that in my interpersonal conversations.

  36. Simon Ellberger -  May 22, 2013 - 12:45 am

    I accidentally found an example of the first type (as given in the preceding article) of this use of “slash” while reading page 38 of the May 26, 2008 edition of The New Yorker, in a piece written by Woody Allen and titled “OVER, AROUND, AND THROUGH, YOUR HIGHNESS.” Here is the citation: Glancing up, I came vis-à-vis with the corpulent scrivener slash director whom I dimly recognized as Hugh Forcemeat, a weaver of thirty-five-millimetre hallucinations that our studio had taken a flyer with several years ago, when we hired him to punch up “Psychotic Zombies of the Moon,” our sequel to “Buddenbrooks.”

  37. Toni Christman -  May 22, 2013 - 12:16 am

    I can go as far as using the slash in yes/no or him/her (either or) situations in casual writing such as personal notes. Otherwise, I have no use for this way of getting out of writing the words “and” or “or”.

  38. Vanessa -  May 21, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Stan Dupp: I’m an American teenager, so I can’t speak for “normal people,” but snarky is fairly common among my peers. Dictionary.com says it’s chiefly British slang.

  39. Dave -  May 21, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    Great article. Anything that documents the way language is currently being spoken-slash-used is worthwhile reading, in my opinion.

  40. Susan -  May 21, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    Let’s at least mention the guitarist Slash, formerly of Guns ‘n’ Roses.

  41. SCinMd -  May 21, 2013 - 11:34 am

    I thought I’d clarify the two comments regarding slash fanfiction. Traditionally, slash fanfic refers to the romantic and/or sexual pairing of characters of the same gender in fanfiction. These characters on the television show or other source are always portrayed as implicitly or explicitly heterosexual. If someone wrote fanfic where the characters as portrayed are homosexual or bi-sexual (such as on “The L Word” or “Queer as Folk”) this would not be slash.

    As time has gone on, the / began to be used to indicate who was being paired in fanfiction regardless of whether they are shown as interested in each other. In the Harry Potter series, examples would include Harry/Hermione, Ron/Hermione, or Harry/Ron. Of the three, only the last would be considered slash.

    The first slash fanfic was of Kirk and Spock from the original Star Trek series. As I understand it, designating a story as Kirk/Spock was used as a brief way of telling or warning anyone who might be reading it what the story contained. At some point, the / punctuation became known as slash to make it easy to identify fanfiction that featured such pairings.

  42. Binarystep -  May 21, 2013 - 9:54 am


    From my experience, it’s used by no one. :P

  43. OntKoTiid -  May 21, 2013 - 3:37 am

    Well the world sure progresses (to the point where text is no longer comprehensible). And this is coming from a kid… Although, not really warming up to the whole “slash” thing. None of it makes much sense.

    @Stan Dupp — Snarky is a common adjective nowadays, descended from snark, obviously, which is the shorter and more popular way of saying “snide remark”. And I’ve seen plenty of people using snarky, from kids to adults and the ages in between. I’m not American and I use it, so I guess it’s widespread.
    (On a side note, Americans, teens and children aren’t classified as “normal people”? D:)

  44. Andy Womack -  May 20, 2013 - 11:04 pm

    To Stan Dupp; snarky is a popular word these days. There are two pop-culture references I recall from memory. Firstly the character Kitty Foreman from “That 70′s Show” used snarky on at least one occasion. Secondly; Dane cook used it as a topic in one of his standup routines. Stan Dupp, standup, stand up, stood up, will the real Slim Shady please stand up and be counted. Irony is written, sarcasm is verbal, and snarky is facetiousness that is easier to pronounce. Anyway; since then, I have heard it on various occasions from people young and old. It is not as much of a fad as a rediscovery of a word that is very useful, especially in the modern climate of political correctness. It is accurate enough to let others know that you understand irony, sarcasm, cynicism, and that they were just being facetious; yet at the same time snarky is a cute sounding word and does not sound judgmental.

    Jane Solomon;
    The article/retread was overwrought. I found it fascinating at first then I got bored/irritated at Jane Soloman’s voice in this article/narrative/dissertation over the use of slash/overuse of slash. You used the voice of an anthropologist who has stumbled across a relatively interesting artifact, instead of the voice of a theoretical lexicographer who is observing and participating in the growth of a living language; contemplating the birth of what may, in the future, become the standard of grammatical construction. Slash and it’s common usage today is a hallmark for a generation that multitasks everything/condenses everything in their world. I am Gen X so I am looking at this from a slightly outside perspective, but I can see that social networking/twitter/facebook/texting/OMG!/verbage is changing the way that people think, speak, and act/behave/live/grow/change/learn/evolve. Slash is transitioning away from transitions toward something more direct/precise/concise. The combining of feelings that I love/hate so much, and the separation of agendas/fate as well as the preservation/conservation of time/energy/life so that precious/selfish goals can be reached with the opportunity to move forward/keep going/slow down/catch a breath/get it all in/take it all in/eat/pray/love/dream/do/quit without wasting words/time/effort/opportunity to keep slashing through life like a machete/sickle/sling-blade/edge tool/shear/reap hook/mower/scythe/hob/bolo/idiot stick/weed whacker/reaper grimly reaping through the tall grass of life. So, be less detached in your writing, and approach it in a unique way/less comparison and more original development of the subject. The article had good research.

  45. tim -  May 20, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    TO LTRHYME i find your comments so idiotic and un-intelligent that i want to break my computer screen please stop posting them.

  46. Stan Dupp -  May 20, 2013 - 3:49 am

    This is the first time I have met the word ‘snarky’. Is this used by Americans, teenagers, children or normal people?

  47. Tom -  May 19, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Whatever happened to “and” ?

  48. Parker -  May 19, 2013 - 5:59 am

    The slash also has another name, virgule, which taken by parts, vir and gule, means “man” “stick.” Think a man with a walking stick. The appearance of the slash on a line of text mimics a walking stick in arrested motion. Recall the wizard in The Fellowship of the Rings, Gandalph. Taken in parts, Gan and dalph, translates to “going” “stick,” as in a wanderer with a walking stick. In other words, we could call Gandalph “Slash” and have a whole new superhero!
    By the way, using slash for other punctuation–why a slash when a comma will do fine?–is simple trendy language usage.

  49. Corpse -  May 18, 2013 - 4:55 am

    This article is a perfect example of someone writing a non-article simply for the sake of having content for a blog. Not everything deserves your attention slash you wasted your time.

  50. BlackMagic -  May 18, 2013 - 1:50 am

    Interesting. In Australia, Ireland and Great Britain, men say “I’m going for a slash” or “I need a slash” meaning they want to urinate.

  51. ch3ru -  May 16, 2013 - 6:53 am

    In online writing communities, especially for fanfiction, “slash” or “slashfic” means a story containing a homosexual couple as the main characters. I don’t know how this got started, but I figured I would share the knowledge!

  52. bunch -  May 16, 2013 - 3:29 am


  53. ErinStatia -  May 15, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    I think the use of slash as in “slash fiction” could also be included in this article. I would not be surprised if this was a significant contributor to having the “/” turn into “slash”. For the uninitiated, “slash fiction” is a type of fan written stories based particularly on movies and TV in which relationships not in the original story are explored. Ex. Hermione/Harry or Holmes/Watson. Hence slash fiction.

  54. bholland -  May 15, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Why not just use the slash character? Saves a lot of time and effort.

  55. Hebeestie Wallopman -  May 15, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    Who speaks like this?!
    It sounds ridiculous.

  56. Eric -  May 15, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    Looks like people are using “slash” just to be cute and attract attention to themselves; this includes the author. Plain English can be simpler and more precise.

  57. marlin -  May 15, 2013 - 11:01 am

    While my comment is not directly related to the subject of using the “slash,” someone should straighten out users of the (/) mark re: the Internet. Too many use the term (verbally) “backslash” when they probably mean “slash.” It is more common to use “slash” than “backslash.” Please look at your keyboard. Both appear: ( / ) and ( \ ). One can see the visual difference. The first is “slash.” The second is “backslash.” Spread the word. Please.

  58. Bubba -  May 15, 2013 - 8:07 am

    I only know it as a film genre’. (one of my fave’s!!) Ooh yea….!

  59. Granny dee -  May 15, 2013 - 6:41 am

    What ever happened to the semi(slash) colon?

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    [...] ‘Nonstandard Slash’ — For Cash. — Obviously one more somewhat or some other academic note. — Humorously postmortem overdoing what Duh Dash. — Personalities and Structure somewhat noted — Guitar Slash — And there’s actually more access to chicks his way. — What up, Grammar? — And Mayhap so much more Cash, Slash. — Nada Standard about that. — And a lot less words. –>>L.T.Rhyme This entry was posted in DICTCOMHOTWORD, L.T.Rhyme and tagged LT, LTRhyme, the HOT WORD on May 15, 2013 by LTRhyme. [...]


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