04/29/2005: Computer geek pet peeve
It really bugs to hear someone say "backslash" when what they mean is "slash." There's an announcer on WKNO, a local public radio station, who always says "backslash" when reading URLs on the air. "Go to www dot example dot com backslash products." Aiiigghh!
I'm sure the intelligent readers of Dark Bilious Vapors know the difference between a slash and backslash, but in case you don't, this is a backslash:
Backslashes lean to the left. And this is a slash:
Slashes lean to the right.
I blame Microsoft, for making the directory separators in DOS lean to the left, instead of leaning to the right the way that God intended directory separators to lean. (I suppose the actual blame rests with Tim Paterson, original author of QDOS, the operating system Microsoft purchased in 1980, and turned into MS-DOS.)
Brock on 04.29.05 @ 08:41 PM CST