From https://inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ee105/fa19/discussions/dis2.ee105.fa19.v1.pdf :

Other than first/last line, order doesn't matter.

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As I understand, it should be "Other than first/last line, line order doesn't matter", but the second "line" was omitted. Is it a common and/or recommended practice to omit the words that are located in such a way?

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    The device '/' used in running script is problematic, as it is ambiguous. And you're right, another problem with this elliptical prose is that we're not sure whether it means say 'Other than on the first and last lines, the order of strings doesn't matter' or 'Other than the first and last lines, the order in which lines are arranged doesn't matter'. This would be true whether 'Other than first/last line' were there or not. The intended meaning might be guessable by most, but these things should be idiot-proof, especially if millions depend on a correct interpretation. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 4 '20 at 12:17

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