a pine, Pinus elliotii, found in slashes and swamps in the southeastern U.S., yielding a hard, durable wood.
the wood of this tree.
More Thoughts On the Nonstandard Uses of “Slash”A couple weeks ago Anne Curzan wrote an article for the Lingua Franca blog about new slang uses of the word slash. This article particularly interested me because I, like her students, have been using the slash in these ways for the last five-plus years. As a linguist slash huge nerd, the first thing I did after reading Curzan’s article was search my personal corpus …
How do you use this slippery piece of punctuation: the slash?The slash (/)—sometimes called a slant, a solidus, a stroke, or a virgule—is a commonly employed symbol in the English language. Whatever you want to call this piece of punctuation, its role in English has greatly changed over time. The word slash first entered English in the late 14th century as a verb to describe the cutting movement of a weapon, a word derived from …
- slash and burn,
- slash fiction,
- slash pocket,
- slashdot effect,
Origin of slash pine
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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