|Towards more picturesque speech™
In tedious detail
- “And” is a logical operator which gives the value one if and only if all the operands are one, and otherwise has a value of zero.
- “Or” is a logical operation which gives the value one if at least one operand has the value one, and otherwise gives a value of zero.
The and/or paradox
Besides, and/or is not just ugly; it’s circular. It presents as a paradox, because of that slash. Now the slash is not a part of idiomatic punctuation in the English language. It’s a decoration with no fixed grammatical meaning. To use a slash in legal writing is to confess that the ordinary, punctuated words of the English language have defeated you.
In “and/or”, that slash means — can only mean — “or”. So by saying “and/or” you are really saying “and, or or”. But to be hermetically sealed and consistent, shouldn’t you make one further clarifying step, and say “and, and/or or”?
AND DO YOU NOW SEE THE INFINITE REGRESSION YOU HAVE SET IN MOTION?
Go back to your draft and strike all examples, and we shall never speak of this again.