September 07, 2005

How the Internets have poisoned the language

Because it is poor form to copyedit someone's note on a proof, I will note here instead that this:

/ a slash. This:

\ a backslash.

Thank you.

Posted by Francis at 02:25 PM

Usually when I see this error, it's from a non-Internet-savvy Windows user. Because IE is totally fucking retarded (not that I have an opinion about this or anything) and allows backslashes to be used in a URL instead of slashes, these users start referring to all slashes as a "backslash" in speech and in print. Thus I ascribe this error more to Microsoft rather than the Internet -- another tiny bit of evidence of Bill Gates' evil plot to take over the world.

(And yes, I know that the reason IE allows backslashes is because it makes sense in context of 'file' URLs, and also because it helps clueless users, but still: it doesn't follow the spec, and therefore, it's wrong.)

Posted by: Debby at September 7, 2005 03:37 PM

Hmmmm. I think this calls for a Six Things entry.


Posted by: Tom at September 7, 2005 05:39 PM

It's funny: the only reason I can keep these two straight is because I use them on a keyboard, usually while on the internet.

"/" is the one you use more often, so it's set closer on the keyboard to the "home keys," within easy reach. "\" is out of the way, far northeast of your rightmost finger (which by itself is tiny and difficult to control), and I'm not sure I've ever used it. Hence, "/" gets the unmarked title as just the "slash," while "\" is marked as backwards in relation to the original slash.

None of which, of course, is to be confused with Slash or Slash. (Sorry, I just had to.)

Posted by: polyglot conspiracy at September 7, 2005 06:24 PM

I have nothing on-topic to add here. If you can't summon up the wherewithal for Six Things, how about Three Things? Or at least a Nice Pair of Things? The people have spoken, and they want their Things.

Posted by: Orange at September 7, 2005 09:17 PM

I'd even settle for One Thing.

Posted by: Doug at September 7, 2005 11:44 PM

But I think we'd all agree that Half a Thing would not quite slake our thirst for Things...

Posted by: Orange at September 8, 2005 10:02 AM

While I agree that Half a Thing would be disappointing, I would gladly accept Six Twelfth-Things.

Posted by: neilfred at September 8, 2005 03:16 PM

Six Twelfth Things? They sound...small.

Posted by: Orange at September 8, 2005 04:31 PM

I'd settle for 80% of a thing, though I admit it would seem a bit... thin.

Posted by: Rick at September 8, 2005 05:57 PM