Chicago Style Workout 63: Slashes

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Tilting Forward

The punctuation mark that many of us know as the slash appears on standard computer keyboards. But even though it sits right there next to the period and the comma—and though it was once used as a form of sentence punctuation like those marks—the slash is comparatively uncommon today in ordinary prose.

Still, the slash has a variety of common uses as well as a variety of names. To find out more—or to test your slash knowledge—take the quiz.

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Note: Style guides sometimes disagree. Except for a few details that can be readily verified in standard dictionaries and encyclopedias, the answers in this quiz rely on the information in the 17th edition of CMOS.

Chicago Style Workout 63: Slashes

1. A slash (/) is also commonly known as all but which of the following?
2. A slash that leans forward (/) is interchangeable with a slash that leans backward (\).
3. A slash between two words is most likely to mean
4. Assuming 2021 refers to the year, what would 2021/22 refer to?
5. As a date, 12/3/2022 would mean
6. The slash in the expression “$450/week” means
7. A fraction expressed with a slash (e.g., 1/4 or ¼), is called a
8. A slash in quoted poetry indicates
9. Two slashes in a row in a URL
10. Slashes are typically used like parentheses to indicate


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