Slash It All! The Slash/Virgule/Solidus
What? You say you didn't know that a slash is also called a
A virgule/slash/solidus is commonly used to mean
In mathematics, the slash means
It's also used in fractions:
In literature, the slash separates lines of poetry that are written in a block style, as in this passage from Edgar Allan Poe's “The Raven”:
Because of the popularity of the Internet, today the most common use of a slash is in URLs. If you've ever inadvertently omitted a slash when you're typing an address, you know that getting the site to open is impossible.
Now that you've learned all the punctuation marks, try the interactive quizzes at these Web sites: