Thursday, April 4, 2013
Dash it all! The A to Z Writing Challenge
The em-dash. I love this punctuation mark! Although it is often overused by those who have been introduced to it, I find that this cute dash, named after the letter m because of its width, is invaluable in my writing.
The em-dash is used primarily for replacing commas, colons, semi-colons, and parenthesis. Its also used to show emphasis, or an interruption, or a sudden change of thought.
"My husband earns the paycheck—and I spend it."
"Won’t you just—oh, never mind!"
"But I thought—"
Just so you know, the Office Word program will automatically transform those two dashes into the longer emdash if you write the first word--then the two dashes--then the second word all without using any spaces in between. Easy peasy.