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Subject:RE: Using M-dash and N-dash? From:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com Date:10 Feb 2004 23:46:43 GMT
On a less extreme level, this is what happens every time
another colloquial usage makes it into the dictionary,
and every time we choose to let a minor error in grammar or
punctuation go by because we're chasing a deadline (well,
*I* do, because I get paid to deliver documents by deadline,
not by grammatical accuracy). And yes, in order to get my
docs out faster I do commonly hit the - key rather than
keying in the sequence for an em dash. I've yet to have
a dime deducted from my contract payments or paycheck, or
to get a black mark against my performance in a direct
job for "incorrect dash usage," nor have I done either of
these things to someone working for me for doing same.
Tue, 10 Feb 2004 18:08:54 -0500 Geoff Hart?wrote:
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Should we abandon the use of dictionaries
because so few people seem to use them, and abandon punctuation because
so many people don't understand how to use it well?