I was listening to the radio last night and heard the radio host announce their MySpace URL:
"Check us out at www dot myspace dot com backslash blahblah"
It's not called a backslash! It's called a forward slash!
I wouldn't mind if this was a rare occurrence, but I have heard so many people, even people who work in the computer industry, confuse the two slashes. An easy way to remember which is which is to simply "read" the slash like you do a regular sentence.
Think of a tiny person standing in the middle of the sentence:
| <-- that's the little person. Now, if he leans back (
\) it's called a backslash. If he leans forward (
/ ), it's called a forward slash (or just a slash).