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August 24th, 2007


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09:49 am - Comma Comma Comma Comma Comma Chameleon
Does anyone else get that itch to post if you haven't posted in a few days? It's probably directly related to the amount of comments you're getting.

Also, it's Friday, which means it's Friday fun time. Here are some high-larious links from CollegeHumor.com for you:

Minesweeper: The Movie: What's fucking awesome about this is it almost feels like it could be a real movie. And the tagline rules. As does most everything else about it.

Facebook Off: Cute idea and very topical!

Internet Commenter Business Meeting: A must-see for anyone who has commented on the Internet.

I am currently doing an AMWA workshop called Punctuation for Clarity and Style. It inspired this poll.

Poll #1044555 Did you know a female editor is called an editress?

What is your favorite punctuation mark?

Comma
6(6.7%)
Semicolon
24(27.0%)
Colon
1(1.1%)
Em Dash
12(13.5%)
En Dash
3(3.4%)
Parentheses
10(11.2%)
Square Brackets
3(3.4%)
Hyphen
1(1.1%)
Apostrophe
2(2.2%)
Forward Slash
1(1.1%)
Quotation Marks
2(2.2%)
Ellipses
17(19.1%)
Period
1(1.1%)
Question Mark
1(1.1%)
Exclamation Point
5(5.6%)

What is J.K. Rowling's new favorite punctuation mark?

Colon
26(34.2%)
Colon
8(10.5%)
Colon
17(22.4%)
Colon
16(21.1%)
Colon
9(11.8%)


Feel free to explain your choice in a properly punctuated essay.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 24th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
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An em dash is the dash you use when you're interr—

Well, you can also use it to break up shit—if you don't like parentheses, they work okay—or just use them at the end to introduce something, as if you don't like colons.

The en dash is just a teeny bit longer than a hyphen, and you hardly ever use it except for the minus sign (apparently!) and in excessively compound words. I'm not sure why people voted for it at all.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 24th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
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How else would you do it? That's what I do.

Although Word does autocorrect -- into —.
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From:holly96
Date:August 25th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
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You missed the most important function of the en dash! It is most often used to indicate a range, either age, years, page numbers, etc. In casual use, must people just use the hyphen, but to me that just makes it look like a serial number or something, not an actual range.

I have no appropriate icon. So you get the treble clef.

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