Dashing from Dashes
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I am fond of using dashes in my writing – dash it all, why not?. However, I have tended to become lazy, and to use a hyphen for all purr-pussies. (As in kit-cat?).
As a professional editor, I should be more meticulous. There is a distinct difference between appearance and usage of a hyphen, an en dash, and an em dash. Here are the rules for each, and I have resolved to stick to them in future.
The hyphen (-) is found on the top row of the keyboard below the underline. It is used without spaces to join two or more words into one concept such as up-to-date or flower-child.
An en dash (–) has the width of ‘n’; it is obtained by using Ctrl and the minus sign on number keys; and is primarily used to replace the word ‘to’. Examples: Opening…
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