[lg policy] The Case-Please Hear Me Out-Against the Em Dash

Francis Hult francis.hult at UTSA.EDU
Sun Jan 1 14:32:59 UTC 2012


Slate

 

The Case-Please Hear Me Out-Against the Em Dash

 

Noreen Malone

 

What's the matter with an em dash or two, you ask?-or so I like to imagine. What's not to like about a sentence that explores in full all the punctuational options-sometimes a dash, sometimes an ellipsis, sometimes a nice semicolon at just the right moment-in order to seem more complex and syntactically interesting, to reach its full potential? Doesn't a dash-if done right-let the writer maintain an elegant, sinewy flow to her sentences?

 

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http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2011/05/the_caseplease_hear_me_outagainst_the_em_dash.html?google_editors_picks=true

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