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Alex Walker Solidus/Virgule/Forward Slash

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BC: Alex Walker AP English August 30, 2012

FC: Solidus/Virgule/Stroke | Alex Walker | Source: http://www.theplace2.ru/archive/Slash/img/slash_appt1.jpg

1: "Virgule" What I love about this little leaning mark is how it divides without divisiveness. The left or bottom side prying that choice up or out, the right or top side pressing down upon its choice: either/or, his/her. Sometimes called a slash (too harsh), a slant (a little dizzy, but the Dickinson association nice: "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--"), solidus (sounding too much like a Roman legionnaire of many campaigns), or a separatrix (reminding one of a sexual variant). No, I like virgule. I like the word and I like the function: "Whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense." There is something democratic about that, grown-up; a long and slender walking stick set against the house. Virgule: it feels good in your mouth. Virgule: its foot on backwards, trochaic, that's OK, American. Virgule: you could name your son that, or your daughter Virgula. I'm sorry now I didn't think to give my daughter such a name though I doubt that she and/or her mother would share that thought. | "Virgule" by Thomas Lux

2: Source: http://www.reddirtchronicles.com/2010/11/okie-at-the-rally-to-restore-sanity-andor-fear/ | Correct (Left): The solidus is often used as a substitute for the word or in cases such as and/or. | Correct (Right): The solidus is used when abbreviating federal agencies. The agency following the solidus is considered a subdivision of the first agency.

3: Source: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB216/app1.pdf | The British Isles/Anglo-Celtic Isles/Atlantic Archipelago | Correct: In a situation where a variety of names can be used interchangeably or the writer does not want to indicate a preference towards one name or another, a solidus may be used. | Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/europe/britishisles/outlinemap/map.GIF

4: According to the poem, “tender is the night, / And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne, / Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays”. | Source: http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/eng/resources/how-to-quote-poetry-in-english-papers/ | Correct: The solidus, or virgule as it is often called in this case, can be used to separate quoted lines of poetry. This is the only instance in which the solidus must be separated by a space before and after the mark.

5: Incorrect: A solidus cannot be used to join two coequal nouns, such as African and American. | Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3231553/mysql-count-with-group-by-and-zero-entries

6: Source: https://www.123rf.com/photo_4372420_car-dashboard-gauges-illuminated-at-night-tachometer-speedometer.html | Correct (Left): The solidus can be used as a substitute for the word per in phrases such as miles per hour or revolutions per minute | Correct (Right): Web addresses utilize the solidus to designate intended spaces between characters.

7: Correct: The solidus is most often used to abbreviate the writing of the date. | Source: http://www.wegotartist.com/2011/05/

8: Correct: The solidus can be used to emphasize a link between two separate nouns, similar to a dash. In this magazine, there is a space before and after the solidus. This type of spacing is encouraged in the Associated Press Stylebook and therefore is usually found only in magazines and newspapers. | Source: http://www.time.com/time/magazine

9: Incorrect: A solidus should never be used to join two independent clauses. | Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-English-Punctuation-Correctly | Incorrect: This statement is ambiguous in that the individuals could be customers and partners or customers or partners. | Source: http://styleguide.yahoo.com/ask/slashes/explanation-slash-would-be-helpful

10: Correct: In commonplace abbreviations such as A/C (air conditioning) and R/C (radio control) the solidus may be used | Source: http://www.amazon.com/CHECK-BANNER-conditioning-diagnosis-repair/dp/B005NITERO | Source: http://www.petitrc.com/reglages/BasicSuspensionTuning/rc_logo.png

11: Incorrect: The spacing before and after the solidus is incorrect and should either be spaces before and after or none at all. | Source: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/reba_mcentire/if_you_see_him_if_you_see_her.html

12: Incorrect (Above): When attempting to write in a gender-neutral manner, the word or should be used between the two pronouns rather than a solidus. | Incorrect (Right): A solidus should not be used in newer abbreviations, such as b/c and w/o, especially in formal writing. | Source: http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/him.html

13: Source: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=w%2Fo&_sacat=0

14: Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6163513/how-to-run-scala-files-on-a-web-server

15: Incorrect (Left): Not only does the use of the solidus make this sentence somewhat ambiguous, the spacing is also incorrect | Incorrect (Above): The solidus should not be used in the abbreviation b/c, especially when published by a reputable news source like CNN. | Source: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/05/28/exp-early-trending-five-3.cnn

16: Don't think: Look! -Ludwig Wittgenstein | Correct: The solidus can also be used to indicate a choice, as in yes or no. | Source: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/22417162/Pre-employment-Medical-Enquiry-Form

17: Never a day passes but that I do myself the honor to commune with some of nature's varied forms. -George Washington Carver | Incorrect (Left): Rather than using a solidus, the words should be hyphenated. | Incorrect (Above): The use of the solidus here makes the statement ambiguous. The surgeries could be either exploratory or confirmatory, or exploratory and confirmatory. | Source: http://stfj.net/art/2009/loselose/ | Source: http://www.emwa.org/Articles/Slash.pdf

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