Re: Using M-dash and N-dash

Subject: Re: Using M-dash and N-dash
From: dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 14:42:31 -0800

Well said.

Actually not.

He said I should ask people whether they *use* em dashes in their writing and whether they care what's written in the Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS).

He writes those challenges as if they somehow disprove my point, but neither of them has anything to do with what I wrote.

I didn't say that most people *use* em dashes, nor did I imply that they should start doing so just because the CMoS shows lots of examples of how they should be used. (By the way, it's unequivocal about the fact that em dashes should be used in the circumstances I listed.)

What I wrote was that, without conscious effort, most people correctly interpret the intended meaning of text that includes appropriately used em dashes.

The point is that a professional communicator needs to understand and employ the tools and rules of effective communication.



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