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The slash / also known by the technical term solidus, is a sign used as a punctuation mark and for various other purposes. It is often called a forward slash, a retronym used to distinguish it from the backslash Technically ‘reverse solidus’ is a misnomer, since the character is a reversed slash, not a reversed solidus.

The slash goes back to the days of ancient Rome. In the early modern period, in Fraktur script, which was widespread through Europe in the Middle Ages, one slash  represented a comma, while two slashes // represented a dash. In Western orthography, the two slashes initially evolved into a double oblique hyphen ⸗, that further evolved into a double hyphen, similar to the equals sign =, before being simplified to a single dash –


  • commonly used as the word substitute for ‘or’
  • as emoji by Japanese internet users to convey shyness or embarrassment
  • in computing, networking, programming & character encoding
  • used to separate the letters in a two-letter initialism
  • in linguistic notation slashes are used to enclose phonemic values
  • in proofreading highlighting corrections on a proof
  • in arithmetic used between numbers slash means division
  • in slang sclal or zlal
  • the solidus or a shilling mark is used to separate base units of currency
  • in bowling slash denotes a spare, knocking down all ten pins in two throws
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