Weather Report: Well in to the 90s. Humidity, the same. Such a change from last Wednesday when the temperature was 48 degrees. I can’t control the weather, so I live with crazy Central PA changes. We don’t have lions, and tigers, and bears this week, but we do have en dashes, em dashes, and hyphens. They can be just dangerous and frightening. Let’s make the trip together.
- Indicates breaks within words that wrap at the end of a line
- Connects compounded words like “mass-produced”
- Connects grouped numbers, like a phone number 555-860-5086
- The hyphen does not indicate a range of numbers.
- Joins numbers in a range, such as “1993–99” or “1200–1400 B.C.” or “pages 32–37” or open-ended ranges, like “1934–”
- Joins words that describe a range, like “July–October 2010”
- Supposedly works better than commas to set apart a unique idea from the main clause of a sentence. I’m not sure.
- Shows when dialogue has been interrupted:
The em dash? I never use it, I’m improper. I only use the en dash. I always skip a space between the last word and the en dash and skip a space before the next word – if you know what I mean. No, that’s not the way it is supposed to be done, but then again, who cares? See you next week!