Re: Use of "and/or"

Subject: Re: Use of "and/or"
From: joan -dot- hertel -at- mnsu -dot- edu
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 13:08:22 -0700

I have found a reference for the term "and/or" in Chapter Five of The
Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Ed. A glossary of troublesome expressions
within the chapter suggests "and/or", a "Janus-faced term," can be
replaced with either the word "and" or the word "or." When the term seems
to be needed, the suggestion is to use the word "or" and then add the
phrase "or both" later ("take a sleeping pill or a warm drink or both").
Finally, The Chicago Manual suggests that "and/or" be used "Only in
nonliterary contexts where it unambiguously means or...or both and where
elegance must give way to economy should a writer resort to and/or."


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