Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Genius of Ignorance

I was explaining the various dashes (hyphens, en-dashes, em-dashes, etc) and Elisa suggested they - those mysterious thems - should rename 'hyphen' to 'r-dash'. It all makes sense on paper: m = em-dash; n = en-dash; so r = r-dash


Rodney Love said...

What the hell are m-dashes and n-dashes?

zebra factory said...

If you have to ask, you can't afford them! A dash '-' comes in differing lengths which indicates various things in typography/text when used. Wiki has a good - but verbose - page on it:

People are quite passionate about how you should or shouldn't use them in certain circles... 1000 ships and all that.

Rodney Love said...

Who knew there were so many dash-like characters!?