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 What I love about this little leaning mark
is how it divides
without divisiveness.
The left or bottom side prying that choice up or out, the right or top side pressing down upon its choice: either/or, his/her.
Sometimes called a slash (too harsh), a slant (a little dizzy, but the Dickinson association nice: "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--"), solidus (sounding too much like a Roman legionnaire of many campaigns), or a separatrix (reminding one of a sexual variant).
No, I like virgule.
I like the word and I like the function: "Whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense.
" There is something democratic about that, grown-up; a long and slender walking stick set against the house.
Virgule: it feels good in your mouth.
Virgule: its foot on backwards, trochaic, that's OK, American.
Virgule: you could name your son that, or your daughter Virgula.
I'm sorry now I didn't think to give my daughter such a name though I doubt that she and/or her mother would share that thought.

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