Warning: Second half of the comic contains strong language.
Another funny, and oh so true, comic by The Oatmeal.
[Source: The Oatmeal]
and/or is redundant. Or is inclusive.
Not in normal colloquial English, it ain't.
"Would you like soup or salad?"
"We can see 'Wreck-It Ralph' or 'Skyfall'."
"Is that a banana in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"
Even in your examples, or is inclusive. Eating a salad does not exclude having soup. Watching Wreck-it Ralph does not exclude seeing Skyfall. You could very well both have a banana in your pocket and be happy to see me.
That changes the meaning though. If you can see "Skyfall" or "Wreck-It Ralph" then you can only see one of them. However, if you can see "Skyfall" and "Wreck-It Ralph" then you can see both.
"You can testify against him, or join him in jail."
"You can testify against him, and join him in jail."
Those two do not mean the same thing.
Actually, they do mean the same thing. Unless you specifically make it exclusive by adding "either', then or and and mean the same thing. This is pretty low-level logic.
You each or both suck.lolz
thought "and/or" is inclusive whereas "or" is simply exclusive
No, or is only exclusive if explicitly presented as such, and maybe not even then.
I re read the article a couple of time because I thought I must be missing something, but it defiantly does not say ' or' is Inclusive unless prefixed, only that it can be used either way
I’d rather have slow internet than no internet at all.
The internet is not slow… it's because he is running a mac.
I was going to make a reasonably witty comment(at least, I thought it was witty) about how this is, ironically enough, one of his least vulgarity-filled comics, but then reading those other comments about the whole "and/or" stuff, made me want to either go shoot myself, or shoot them. Probably them… Yeah. Definitely them.
Why are most of the comments about superimposing logic into English? It's English – it's not supposed to be logical.