A Dash of Punctuation


Leslie Hyla Winton Noble

 Dashing from Dashes

– —Dash

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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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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9 Responses to A Dash of Punctuation

  1. It’s a good thing that a post on punctuation is short. Anything longer and the readers may become commatose!😉

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  2. Woolly Muses says:

    This may actually explain why I have found elongated hyphens in my writing at times. Have never known from whence they came and could only ‘delete’ to be rid of them.
    I will….probably stick to my dots…🙂

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  3. disperser says:

    I commented on the original.

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