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Thursday, July 31, 2008

tsk tsk

Based on what I've been taught in proofreading courses and, ya know, college, I put spaces around em dashes. It's a point of much discussion, but that's my stance. The person who compiled this grammar checklist can't seem to make up his or her mind. (But, hell YES on burying double spaces into the ground! Preach on!)

Then, just a quick little scroll further down the page:

See, doesn't it just feel more natural to include those spaces? Clearly you want to put those spaces in there. You need to. Despite your beliefs otherwise. Let's all just put the spaces around em dashes and call it a day. Oh! I also prefer a space after ellipses too. (Only when ellipses are being used appropriately, of course. People who get all dot dot dot in the place of just finishing a complete thought often feel my wrath over IM.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use spaces between em dashes for work.

the html code is —

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use spaces between em dashes for work.

Edit: the browser realized the code
the html code is —amperstand then #151;

or &#151 then a semi colon added.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Kay Steiger said...

It should be noted that the dash in the lower section of the grammar guide is an en dash. Different rules may apply.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Blogs t r e t c h said...

Hmm... you may be right. But my understanding is that en dashes are just for indicating ranges. The description on that page says otherwise. Man, grammar is hard.

4:31 PM  
Blogger M.Sedlar said...

Yuck. The copy editor in me says space those suckers out.

10:17 AM  
Blogger lizzerd1681 said...

I love you Mattos.

9:11 AM  

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