\ That's a comment; it ends at the end of the line
( Another comment; it ends here: )  .s

\ and ( are ordinary Forth words and therefore have to be separated with white space from the following text.

\This gives an "Undefined word" error

The first ) ends a comment started with (, so you cannot nest (-comments; and you cannot comment out text containing a ) with ( ... )4.

I use \-comments for descriptive text and for commenting out code of one or more line; I use (-comments for describing the stack effect, the stack contents, or for commenting out sub-line pieces of code.

The Emacs mode gforth.el (see Emacs and Gforth) supports these uses by commenting out a region with C-x \, uncommenting a region with C-u C-x \, and filling a \-commented region with M-q.

Reference: Comments.



therefore it’s a good idea to avoid ) in word names.