I don't believe w/ is common as an abbreviation for with.From the discussion I don't understand if w/ is common or not... And, if so, would you write w/view or w/ view (leaving a space between the slash and the noun)?
I think it's best to include the space, otherwise the slash indicates a sort of "optionality", (I'll have fish/chicken when I get home), that would be either fish or chicken, so just to avoid that I'd say the space after w/ makes it clear that it means "with". Though others might have no trouble in confusing that and have no space.I was wondering, for instance, if "A room with sea view" could be shortened as "A room w/ sea view" or "A room w/sea view"...
I agree -- I learned these abbreviations in school before "text speak" was common. I believe w/ is very common in the US. I use it all the time and have never been questioned about it.I was taught w/ along with a number of other abbreviations such as between /./ and therefore (three dots in the form of a triangle) at school as aids for notetaking. So in my mind they're common, but that doesn't mean they actually are terribly widespread, I suppose.
"w/" and "w/o" are much, much older than text-speak, however. I'm sure I can find examples from early 20th century classified ads. I imagine they're much older than that.In text-speak, w/ = with, is very common.
To do the opposite, people (used to) generally use the other slash w\ = without.
I've noticed a drop in the trend of the backslash though, probably because people were confused with the ordering of the slashes and now I'd say what James mentioned earlier is the most common (w/o).
In answer to the question of "Why?", like I said it's mainly txt-speak, so where you can save characters and type a message quickly, any space-saver is employed.
So rather than using 19 characters ("To be or not to be?"), if Shakespeare was writing a note on his Blackberry today about his upcoming novel, he might note it as "2 b or nt 2 b?", which saves 5 letters, and might spare him the 10p of a text message to his editor.
Oh yeah, I can imagine."w/" and "w/o" are much, much older than text-speak, however. I'm sure I can find examples from early 20th century classified ads. I imagine they're much older than that.
Thanks for reminding me of this! Oh yes, we were taught to use c with a bar as well at school, and that's the abbreviation most of us used when taking notes at university in the early 80s. (Didn't use the s with a bar though.) It's listed here as a medical abbreviation.W/E is often the way weekend is abbreviated by those short of space or quickly taking notes. I had not seen w/ as an abbreviation for with until I moved to north America. I used to use c with a bar over it like the s with a bar over it (noted above); the bar indicated a Latin origin : cum and sine meaning with and without.