This blog is about punctuation but sorry—this special post is not about punctuation. This post is about the definition of the word nonplussed, which seems to be taking on an entirely new meaning in its common modern usage. The original, correct meaning of nonplussed is something like “so surprised I don’t know how to respond”. […]
Punctuation on a smartphone is a problem sometimes. As a result, many people almost give up on punctuation when they use Twitter and other online tools that are most often used from a mobile device. The n-dash and m-dash are among the punctuation you rarely see used in tweets, which is a shame because, for […]
A reader asked about the difference between a minus symbol and an N-dash (thanks Tem). I had to do a bit of homework on this. Unicode (the standard for electronically encoding text information) has separate codes for the minus sign, hyphen and N-dash. Below you can compare… Symbol hyphen minus sign N-dash M-dash – − […]
Using words like ‘however’ (a conjunctive adverb) within a sentence sometimes seems clunky and can make sentences hard to read. This is a clear explanation of using a semicolon to solve this problem.
Using the n-dash and m-dash when you are creating a webpage or a blog post can seem confusing, but really it is quite easy and you don’t need to be an HTML genius to do it…
It is easy to use the n-dash and m-dash in Microsoft Word. You’ve probably noticed that they get inserted automatically sometimes: Here’s how it works…
In lots of writing, the use of dashes is very inconsistent – regardless of how ‘professional’ the writers are.
The hyphen, dash, n-dash and m-dash crop-up all the time in Microsoft Word but most of us don’t know why, and we use them inconsistently. The fact is that the n-dash and m-dash are very useful and easy to use – whether you follow the rules or break them (but it’s best to break rules consistently).
When you write a web address at the end of a sentence, should you follow it with punctuation, or use no punctuation (to help avoid breaking the web link)?