Gordon Bennet writes on Utne Reader about the overuse of the em-dash as an all too convenient punctuation mark, and condemns the neglect the simple pleasures of the semicolon. Is it neglect, or laziness, as he suggests? Or is the semicolon outdated and destined for oblivion?
And who knew there were more than one kind of dash? Not this English lit major! I’m embarrassed to admit that there are two, the em-dash and the en-dash, and I never knew. Obviously I’m not enough of a dedicated dash fan to pay close attention to the grammatical rules spelled out in The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. En-dash, em-dash, everywhere a dash-dash… Continue reading