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XYZ, behind the secrecy

      Nobody seems to value the symbol in grammar anymore. Dash marks aren't what they use to be and the other day somebody referring to the slash mark (virgule) of an URL worded it to me as 'backslash'. This symbol is taken for granted. Not only does my mail arrive to my apartment as xxxx 1-2, but many times the ½ symbol is left out of my address altogether. Instead, I see the barcode hash marks down at the bottom of every letter that reaches my domain.
      So, before I stray from subject further, it is this symbol / I am referring to which is most often utilized in fractions. A newcomer called the backslash \ is not affiliated with fractions. Most people will tell you that they've used slash marks in sentences containing word alternatives such as 'and/or' as well as in date formats such as 4/29/6. The term virgule might as well be disgarded as latin, norse or some other medieval term. Yet, it's not like a person can look up the word slash a find the word "virgule" as reference to it. Instead, here is my dictionary definition of the term
slash 1: to cut with or as if with rouh sweeping strokes 2: CANE, LASH 3: to cut slits in (as a garment) so as to reveal a color beneath 4: to criticize cuttingly 5: to reduce sharply

      The definition for backslash wasn't even in my 9th collegiate dictionary. It was skipped over between the word "backslap" and "backslide" There are other definitions of the word 'slash' in this edition. The first one gives a time line for when "slash" first became useful in the 14c. NOTE: there's no reference to it being symbolic to slashmarks until 1576 when this word in particular started to mean 1: the act of slashing also: a long cut or stroke made by or as if by slashing 2: an ornamental slit in a garment and 3: an open tract in a forest strewn with debris (as from logging… the debris in such a tract and 4: DIAGONAL called also slash mark
      Then later, in 1652, the word began to mean a low swampy area often overgrown with brush.
Virgule F, fr. L virgula small stripe, obelus, fr. dim. of virga rod—mor at WHISK (1837): DIAGONAL 3

      Turning the page to 349, I find that the third definition which appeared as a reference source in both 'slash' and 'virgule' reads a mark / used typically to denote "or" (as in and/or), "and or" (as in straggler/deserter), or "per" (as in feet/second) —called also SOLIDUS, VIRGULE This defining etymological term was found to be in use as of 1571. Wikipedia cross references the backslash as a reverse solidus. A solidus is an ancient Roman gold coin introduced by Constantine and used to the fall of the Byzantine Empire. The end.
      Did anybody else think the movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves was a total disappointment?

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