oblique (/)
Definition - One of the names of the / symbol.


1. Use it to represent disjunction (i.e. mutually incompatible alternatives).

You can lease/purchase the automobile right now.

2. Use it instead of the hyphen or the en dash to indicate a strong relationship.

Beatles/Stones generation

3. Use it to mark line breaks in poetry.

Roses are red / Violets are blue / virgules lean forward / solidos do too

4. Use it to represent either a fraction or division.


5. Use it to represent per or to in measures and ratios.

miles/hour (miles per hour)
price/earnings ratio (price to earnings ratio)

Etymology -
The word derives from the Latin obliquus, slanting (from ob, against + the root of licinus, bent upward).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in this sense is from 1961.

Quotation -
"Phonemic symbols … are conventionally set between obliques, e.g. /t/."
(Source: 1965 W. S. Allen Vox Latina 9 )

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