Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Pet peeve #4482: backslash

This is a slash: /

This is a backslash: \

They are not the same thing. The general computer user hasn't had to use backslashes for ten years. Forward slashes are used in web addresses, backslashes are locations inside your computer. So can television news anchors, who should really be smarter than this, stop calling slashes backslashes when they give web addresses? They look like idiots. And they seem to get it wrong ten times as frequently as they get it right.

While we're on the subject of knowing better, stop saying "there is a disconnect." There's no such thing as a disconnect. Disconnect is a verb. The word you're looking for is "disconnection."

Cranky today.



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