WHERE HAS THE DASH (-) GONE?


       I have been reading a lot lately and I noticed that many posts, articles, essays and other good-reads had the dash missing where they should have been placed.

Between words- that is.

A dash is a punctuation mark that is similar to a hyphen or minus sign, but differs from both of these symbols primarily in length and function. The most common versions of the dash are the en dash (–) and the em dash (—), named for the length of a typeface‘s lower-case n and upper-case M respectively -Wikipedia.

There are four kinds of dashes used in the English language for writing.  What I particularly refer to here is the en dash. The short one that looks like a hyphen or a minus sign.  Beyond Way-Finding.  Best-Selling Status.  Over-the-counter medicines. Two-year course…

 I really think I crossed a boundary or two for doing this i.e. messing with other writers’ literary license.  But I’m just speaking my mind out here to defend the rights of the dash. It deserves to exist. To be used. To be properly used-where and when words need it.

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