Novelty Punctuation and the Technical Writer, Part 3: Hyphen/Dash

I didn't learn the difference between the hyphen (-) and the dash (--) until I was working as a professional copyeditor. This was after four years of majoring in English as an undergrad, not to mention a masters degree! The distinction between these two punctuation marks is as much a visual thing as a grammatical thing. To wit, some… Continue reading Novelty Punctuation and the Technical Writer, Part 3: Hyphen/Dash

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Novelty Punctuation and the Technical Writer, Part 2: The Semicolon

I think of the semi-colon as a "soft period." You use it when a period would work grammatically, but it would draw too much of a barrier of meaning between the two clauses you're working with, and a colon would draw too SPECIFIC of a connection (because, as we know now, a colon means "here is… Continue reading Novelty Punctuation and the Technical Writer, Part 2: The Semicolon

Novelty Punctuation and the Technical Writer, Part 1: Your Colon Questions Answered!

This blog post appears by popular request! If my exclamation point didn't alert you already, I am extremely excited to have been asked to blog about punctuation! Remember, I'll blog about anything writing-related on which you'd like or need clarification. Anything. Not to get too meta, but note how punctuation in that previous paragraph conveys both tone… Continue reading Novelty Punctuation and the Technical Writer, Part 1: Your Colon Questions Answered!