[bksvol-discuss] Re: dashes

  • From: Grandma Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 18:12:56 -0700 (PDT)

I looked that up some time ago when the subject was
under discussion here, probably before your time. I
found to my surprised that an en dash--which is, as
you might figure, shorter than an em dash and hardly
distinguishable form a hyphen, is supposed to be used
for compound numbers, like twenty-one, and perhaps for
dates, like 1-21-25--but that I don't remember. With
my newfound knowledge and my obsessional desire for
accuracy, I began using it, but I finally stopped.
Making it was more cumbersome than making an em dash,
which I could do by hitting shift+alt and then hyphen,
or setting it so two hyphens automatically became an
em dash, and I figured no one would know the
difference anyway. I'd never known it before and I was
an English teacher and a copy editor and a
proofreader, in my past, among other things. smile


-- Cindy Ray <cindyray@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> What's the difference between M- and N-, and how do
> you get the symbol after you read the table. I lost
> the list that we got.
> Cindy Lou Ray. Each day is a new adventure.

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