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“and/or” there has got to be a better way?

Postby eberntson » Mon Oct 10, 2005 11:37 am

I was wondering about conjunctions the other day; then I thought about the fact that there seems to be a word for everything in English, so I came up with this question.

If there is a word for everything in English, why is there no conjunction that is the equivalent of “and/or?” If there is such a word why is not in common use? Are there words in French, German, Russian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, and/or other languages that have a word that means the same thing?

I have always been impressed with the French and their ability to work in the Cartesian frame (++, --, +-, -+) of thought, they must have a way of expressing the "and/or" point of view.
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Postby Garzo » Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:35 pm

OK

Deirdre decided to have chips with vinegar and/or mayonaise.

Deidre decided to have chips with either vinegar or mayonaise, or both.

Make it three options -- that's logically what such sentence is trying to cram into two components.

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Postby Kris » Sun Oct 23, 2005 1:49 am

and/or is not a conjunction. the two words are joined only by a slash. it's easier for many to say and/or to avoid perhaps droning or specifics. it's the American way. it's faster!

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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Oct 23, 2005 6:31 am

Kris wrote:... it's the American way. it's faster!


It goes faster still in Swedish, where we write «o/e» for «och/eller». Superb Swedish engineering ?...

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Postby Kris » Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:26 pm

... it's the American way. it's faster!


It goes faster still in Swedish, where we write «o/e» for «och/eller». Superb Swedish engineering ?...

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However, the Swedish text is an abbreviation, is this correct? If it means and/or then the Swedes are faster.

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Postby Brazilian dude » Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:43 pm

What about Spanish y/o, Italian e/o, and French et/ou? Those are not abbreviations.

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Postby Kris » Sun Oct 23, 2005 8:09 pm

What about Spanish y/o, Italian e/o, and French et/ou? Those are not abbreviations.

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I added a thought to the original post. It had to do with the English language and there not being a conjunction for and/or.

I think maybe we strayed from the original post.

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Postby KatyBr » Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:54 am

Kris, you may post on topic if you wish. :)

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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Oct 24, 2005 7:17 am

I think maybe we strayed from the original post.

This isn't the first and won't be the last time this has happened.

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Postby M. Henri Day » Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:37 am

The meandering nature of our discussions is the secret of their not inconsiderable charm....

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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:05 pm

Well put, Mr. H.

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Postby Kris » Mon Oct 24, 2005 2:56 pm

The meandering nature of our discussions is the secret of their not inconsiderable charm....

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Very nicely put Henri. I have a tendency to babble. It's nice to know that a board is available in which to do so.

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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Oct 24, 2005 3:05 pm

Kris*

Is there a typo in your signature? It's hard to imagine, but whenever I write Brazilian, I write Brazilain and have to go back and correct it. Good thing I never do that with my real name.

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Postby KatyBr » Mon Oct 24, 2005 3:17 pm

Kris*, I'm glad you haven't come here trying to force us famous off-topic-ers to reform our errant ways.

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we have had some try just that.:)
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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Oct 24, 2005 3:19 pm

Kt
we have had some try just that.

And we are quite proficient at sending them packing.

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