One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for slash (sense 2 of the noun)
- ‘An oblique stroke or virgule is a symbol used in differing circumstances to create different meanings.’
- ‘In employing the postmodern style of playfulness with words and punctuation, the title Human / Nature with its central virgule suggests ambiguity.’
- ‘The slashes (virgules) in Caxton's text were an experiment in punctuation, and are roughly equivalent to commas.’
- ‘One has only to look at a few examples in common usage - ‘film/video,’ ‘art/culture,’ ‘media/culture ‘- to understand that the two nouns linked by the virgule contain similarities as well as dissimilarities.’’
Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘comma’, from Latin virgula, diminutive of virga ‘rod’.
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