Erich Moechel on Thu, 7 Aug 1997 19:49:56 +0200 (MET DST)

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<nettime> [Fwd: slashes]

Dear net/timers,
I did not know that anything would come out of my short comment on dots 
& slashes.Seeing the reactions of others I forward my answer to 
Josephine now 4 all.

hi Josephine

> >Post/scrypt: dots are elitist (top level domain). The age of slashes is
> >dawning.
> haha
> to be serious:
I was rather serious about this slash issue. Especially in German, a 
language that tends to constructing long composite nouns, slashes 
inbetween help if you want to stress certain parts of it.Moreover 
"dear readers" in English is neutral.
"Liebe Leser" in German is not neutral but male. If I want to be polite 
which is more to the point thant "correct" you should have to write 
"Liebe Leserinnen und Leser". That is lengthy & tiring.
So: liebe Leser/innen does not exclude females, saves space & is more 
convenient to my eyes than the current feminist inspired "LeserInnen".  
>If you want to see some examples on the funny way slashes can be used, you can find them at in the Plumborama section.

> have a nice day, too (I will, just preparing to get my dinner out of the Mexican Gulf)