A recent spate of tweets from a regrettably well known person included something uncharacteristic that caught some people’s eyes:
You know, an en dash.
Well, some of you know, anyway. The editors sure do. One of the definitions of “editor,” after all, is “Someone who knows all the dashes and how to use each one.” But many other people are variably flummoxed by the assortment of floating horizontal lines available.
I’m an editor and I’m here to help. Presenting my latest article for The Week: