Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Dear Readers,

Though I was initially hestitant to bring up the following topic, as it would surely cause a swarm of blog readers to overrun this site & potentially overload the server, Shrimp Boat felt that it was his duty to recognize & celebrate one of his favorite, yet universally underutilized punctuation marks, the Em-dash.

The Em-dash, or "that really long hyphen," is the swiss army knife of punctuation marks. As it can be used to set off words, phrases, clauses, or short sentences that clarify or elaborate the preceeding text, the Em-dash can be used to substitute for a colon, semicolon, or parenthese. But wait! That's not all! This little guy can even substitute for a comma and also the terms that is, namely, i.e., and e.g. Let the merrymaking commence!

Disclaimer: Management has instructed me worefrain from actually using an Em-dash in this post, as such excitement might be too much for our older viewers ( & I can't figure out how to do one). Cheers.

3 Comments:

Blogger Lt. Dan said...

I thought this blog was anonymous. By posting about an em dash, Shrimp Boat has obviously revealed himself to be one of those annoying law review types. After all, nobody else even knows what the crap an em dash is and even less care.
While I know that we started this blog to cover topics that other blogs won't, I am not sure that any of us could have imagined that it would take us to obscure punctuation marks. That being said, I am preparing a posting about the proper times to use Ensure instead of Insure.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Shrimp Boat said...

Scoff if you will Lieutenant, but this post has already created the most heated debate this blog has seen so far!

Next week Blue Book Rule 12.3.5!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Bubba said...

Wow—you just blew my mind—that’s some heavy stuff!

10:38 AM  

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