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Re: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash  •  January 11, 2011, 4:37am  •  0 vote

Ah, great example. Mine get that thick at times -- there's just so much more forward drive in the dashes than there is in parentheses, which could have been used instead of most of them, but would be

Re: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash  •  January 7, 2011, 11:24pm  •  0 vote

Fritz Wagner -- I would love to read the article you mention, but it doesn't seem to be accessible through the link you have posted. Any other way to lay hands on it? Author's name, title perhaps, i

Re: Wet vs. Whet  •  December 8, 2010, 5:04pm  •  1 vote

There are two expressions in question there, Dotter. To "home in" on something would be to gain a more accurate fix on its location by radio signal. To "horn in" on something (or someone) is to impo

Re: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash  •  June 3, 2010, 3:06pm  •  2 votes

Right you are, Nigel, and I do know that, though I can't swear it was just a typo. The main point is that language processing, even in a strong social context of literacy, is first and foremost ora

Re: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash  •  June 1, 2010, 3:02pm  •  1 vote

When it comes to punctuation, there are two related but distinct sets of considerations, and they don't always jive. Typographically, one always has to consider the variety of things that have been u

Re: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash  •  March 13, 2010, 8:03am  •  1 vote

But Douglas -- you are using an en-dash in your own post, not an em-dash.

Re: Peter thins them out  •  July 6, 2009, 4:51pm  •  1 vote

Isn't it left to the child reader's fantasy exactly what's meant? Peter could be making them jump off a cliff when they get too old -- or returning them to the world -- or just drumming them out of t

Re: Wet vs. Whet  •  July 6, 2009, 4:34pm  •  6 votes

"Whet" is to sharpen a blade, so it means figuratively to make appetite keener. Which brings me to a genuine peeve: "Hone" is also to sharpen a blade, or metaphorically a skill or interest -- so w

Re: Dashes when saying year-olds  •  July 6, 2009, 4:05pm  •  3 votes

Helps the eye to link them up. The hyphenization of the whole phrase establishes that the whole phrase is the modifier, and it processes a nanosecond or two faster than NO hyphens, which makes the re

Re: Plural of “insurance”?  •  July 6, 2009, 3:59pm  •  0 vote

I'm with EGKG, who rightly trusts his/her ear: "Insurances" in this context is off. Insurance plans, or insurance carriers, would not be cumbersome. Perhaps the use of "assurances," which is correc

Re: Word for Showing Off Your MacBook at Cafe — Mac off  •  July 6, 2009, 3:42pm  •  1 vote

Bit of a male ring to that. . .can it go softer? like: "Shameless Maclirt, she is!" "Ah, yer jealous is what -- where's the harm in a lass Maclirting in a Starbucks?"

Re: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash  •  July 6, 2009, 3:15pm  •  0 vote

Gavin Anderson above, at Sept. 8. 2007, has nailed it. The sticky m dash (no spaces surrounding) makes a solid, unwieldy character string out of two words and can wreak havoc on either rag right or j