Re: and/or?

Subject: Re: and/or?
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:08:00 -0700

Al Geist wrote:

> As for the reference by Ned that it is a Boolean what.

Boolean logic is not ambiguous, yet 'and/or' is claimed by some to be
unclear when used in English sentences. I don't see how that can be,
unless it has been misused in a particular case.

OTOH, it does evoke the efficient communications style of bureaucratese
(as opposed to the obscure, confounding side of it). I would have to
consider whether I mind that effect in writing for a particular audience.

Ned Bedinger
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