Putting a Slant on things
Rory C. Keel
When words are slanted to the right, they are in Italic. In writing, this can indicate several things to the reader.
Italic word are used to accent words with emphasis or importance. They can also indicate book, magazine or play titles, even words from a foreign language.
Standard practice when writing of typing a manuscript is to underline the words to be Italicized.