- Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:10 pm
See, this is the problem, Yard. Even when you're trying to make a smart-ass point about punctuation, you fuck up the punctuation. What do English teachers teach in schools these days? Sexting?
You say, "I'm never using a hyphen again just to piss of Nemo." Are you also pledging to never use a comma? That sentence implies that you did use a hyphen, once, just to piss me off. It's like saying, "I'm never using an ax again just to trim my toenails."
What you meant to say was, "I'm never using a hyphen again, just to piss off Nemo."
As to the em-dash (should be hyphenated) question, just know that a hyphen is used to join two words together in a compound construction (drag-free drift). Again, this is for clarity. Hyphens are also used to break up words that won't fit on one sentence.
em-dashes should generally be used whenever adding information to a sentence that disrupts the flow, or where the writer feels commas wouldn't be strong enough: "Winter steelheading on a 20-degree day in January—cold and lonely and miserable as fuck—can actually be quite pleasant."
en-dashes are pretty close to hyphens, but just a little wider, and they are mostly used for stuff like page numbers (Pages 5–7 are popular in The Drake) or sports scores: "The Blazers got the living shit kicked out of them by Memphis on Sunday, losing 86–100. Hopefully they'll do better tonight."
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