Just because we communicate in English doesn’t always mean we
use punctuation the same way. Americans use a colon to denote time (4:30) while
the British use a period (4.30). Titles such as Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Dr. all receive
a period at the end in American English, while British English leaves off the
And when it comes to single quotes or double quotes, we face
the same problem of not being the same. Should you use single quotes or double
quotes for dialogue, for quoting inside a quote, for scare quotes?
Not all punctuation marks have a long list of nicknames. Stroke,
virgule, diagonal, right-leaning stroke, oblique dash, solidus, slant,
separatrix, forward slash—all can be used for the slash.
And there’s the backslash. No nickname required. Unless you prefer to say backslant, slosh or reverse slash.
Laundry list of names aside, you’re here because you need answers. What’s the difference between the slash and the backslash? How do you use the slash correctly in a sentence? And is there a way to use the backslash correctly in a sentence?
Yes, I wrote an entire blog post about how to use a question mark and it wasn’t a waste of my time. Because, in truth, we all are afraid to ask our friends and peers how to add a question mark correctly to a specific question when sentence structure and formatting come into play.