Diadem wrote:uncivlengr wrote:"Classically", slashes are not letters, and are written individually, just like numbers, other symbols, and punctuation.Diadem wrote:Classically, letters were not written individually, but glued together. This is rapidly going out of vogue with the rise of typwriters and computers, but that's nevertheless how people used to write.
If you wrote "one/two" cursively, you would link the "/" with the letters? That's not proper cursive writing, I have no idea what you're going on about.
No, of course not.
My example about cursive writing was to demonstrate that writing from the bottom up is quite normal, and is in fact how people used to write. You write from the left to the right and start at the bottom, in cursive script. Therefore a slash, which starts at the bottom and goes to the right, is indeed a forward slash, while a backslash is a backward one. So the names make sense. That was my point.
I don't start a single hand written character from the bottom; they are all from the top. I believe that was the point. Slash and backslash used to confuse me for this reason. Then I stopped calling it a slash and started calling it a solidus and I stopped being confused; unfortunately that has left everyone else confused (except English majors, but they rarely use computers).