Using em dashes

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Em dashes?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùthose honking big dashes people use to introduce a break in thought?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùare not preceded or followed by spaces. Nor does using two hyphens count as an em dash. For the record.

6 thoughts on “Using em dashes

  1. Yes, but some formats or interfaces don’t create the em-dash. And therefore, the two dash is the only alternative.

    So, when one uses two dashes, should there be no space between words? I think not.

  2. I agree Kim. I am currently working on the managing board of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (the journal at my school) and it’s amazing to see what professors submit to us for publication.

    I am well acquainted with misusage of the em-dash, misuse of other punctuation, and the english language altogether in some instances.

  3. If there’s anything I have learned working at a university and reading countless items for posting on our website, it’s that you don’t need education in grammar to get a PhD.

  4. “—” an underused, but significant character. In many applications, it’s as simple as an alt 0151.

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