:And incidentally, quite unrelated to the above: "square bracket" and "angle bracket" take too long to say, so [ and ] are squackets, and < and > (in languages like C++ that use them that way) are ackets.
Stan Rogers:Actually, braces look more like a "Y" and are used to support one's
trousers (as an alternative to a belt). Brackets, on the other hand,
are generally used to support shelving rather than trousers.<br>
Stan Rogers:P'raps, but most of the English-speaking world uses "suspenders" to
refer to what y'all call "garters" -- something to keep one's stockings
from becoming embarrassing anklets. (That applies to both the
just-below-the-knee dealies men use to keep their socks up and the belt
& hook contraption worn by ladies to keep their unmentionables from
Stan Rogers:When in doubt, ask a Canadian. We didn't get mad at the Muvver Country
and stop listening to them back in the late eighteenth century, and we
watch your television all day every day. Oh -- both of you seem to
think there's something wrong with the way we do English, so we
probably have it just about right....<br>
:<p><font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">At a company I worked at we had this issue of slashes</font></p>
<p> <font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">and began calling the backslash wack</font></p>
<p> <font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">so a server location would be stated as </font></p>
<p> <font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">wack wack test zero one wack output</font></p>
<p><font style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">\\test01\output</font><br>
CannonFodda:...Why are they called forward-slash and back-slash???
:And that guy is a "Senior" Windows Developer? At least he didn't just flat out lie to you about what he did, like the people I have to give support to do. <BR><BR>"No, it's case sensitive...it needs to be in all caps." <BR><BR>I did put it in all caps. <BR><BR>"Let me look then." <BR><BR>... <BR><BR>"Yeah, you've got lower case letters there. Capitalize them."
<p>...Why are they called forward-slash and back-slash???</p>
Anonymous:<quote>Call everything a 'slash', the user has to figure out which one it is ;) if it doesn't work, try the other one </quote>
<br>Users who can´t figure out when to use the right 'slash' should just be shot in public; or have their licenses to operate computers revogued.
Anonymous:Sorry about the old thread bump but...<br>
There was an incredibly annoying grad student in the CS department
where I did undergrad. Her only response any time a student was having
trouble, was to cheerfully screech "THINK ABOUT IT!!" until the student
got a clue or got fed up.<br>
Alistair Wall:<br>It might have been annoying at the time, but it's the best way to prevent WTFs.<br>