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I Googled this question, and what I mostly saw is that it's just to distinguish from the backslash. But why do you need to distinguish in the first place? First of all, the backslash is hardly ever used in the first place. The only time I've ever seen a backslash used is when trying to find a file on your computer (e.g., C:My Documents...). Isn't it implied that if you don't say "backslash," it's a forward slash? In fact, isn't "forward" implied in just about everything? If I want a cab driver to drive me home, I don't tell him, "Forward drive me home." It's implied that he's not going to drive me all the way home in reverse. If I wanted him to do so, I would specify, "Drive me home in reverse." So why waste your time saying "forward slash" when you can just say "slash?"
RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M 18 Answers Jan 17, 2013 in Education

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Like you say, there are times when you need to distinguish the two and those tend to be the times when people actually use "forward slash". (Unless they're IT people and are just so used to using it that they use it all the time.) Otherwise, people *do* say "slash", for example when talking about web addresses.<br />
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So relax and stop hanging out with computer geeks so much. :)

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When do people NOT use forward slash?

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(stares into empty space)

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It is used to distinguish from back slash...simple.

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But the back slash is hardly EVER used.

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For the same reason people say "hot water heater" (i.e. why would you heat water that is already hot?). It's just what they heard all the time, either growing up or once they got into the computer world.

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Thats a good point haha

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Because of the possibility, as rare as it is, of someone meaning "backlash". Nothing wrong with being precise.

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There is a forward slash and a backward slash in the computer world. it is relevant in computer commands.

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I use the word oblique, so I assume they use it for people who haven't got a good vocabulary.

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That's a very nice word. I thought that was some sort of ballet dance move...

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It just means. slant. I heard forward slash on tv when a website was advertised. The world really is dumbing down. I see uni students with degrees and they can hardly spell the most basic words. I don't know what schools are teaching, these days.

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Should we not give numbers names either and just call them all numbers?

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because there are two slashes.

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Why do people call it "dot" instead of what it actually is -- a period. period. periods....

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