A short video on hyphens, en-dashes and em-dashes.


I’ll admit I’m not sure I know the difference, I’ll watch the video later 🙂 but thought I’d share. Follow the link above for the video; it wouldn’t play right.


Mary Norris has been a copyeditor at The New Yorker for over three decades and she’s learned a thing or two during her career. The New Yorker is often touted as the go-to publication when it comes to grammatical style and we have an inkling that Mary Norris is behind its acclaim. She’s even been affectionately nicknamed “the comma queen” based on her vocational skills! So who better to lend us some advice on the idiosyncrasies of the written word!

One thing that is often overlooked by writers is the difference between:

A hyphen: –

An en dash: –

And an em dash: —

When you come to understand the subtle differences between these three dashes, you’ll impress editors, readers, and even be able to teach others! They’re all three used for very different things, but they can revolutionize the way you write! [sc:inline-ad-1]

Are you afflicted with the hyphen-love of a copyeditor?

Do you use en dashes during your 9–5?

Do you enthusiastically preach —and we hope you do, for you are members of The Writers Circle— the many uses of em dashes?


Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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