There I was, scrolling aimlessly through the barrage of Tweets (pointlessly) telling me that Celebrity A, B, or C has done something or other with their (boyfriend/girlfriend, wife/husband, outfit, makeup, children, cat/car… )—and cheesy quotes from people I’ve never heard of or, even worse, eminent scientists who’d probably shudder at their words being used with such frivolous abandonment/inappropriateness—when I finally came across a Tweet that piqued my interest.
To some, Apostrophe is an album by Frank Zappa that contains sound advice about yellow snow. To others an apostrophe is a punctuation mark with more than one possible meaning. The following article is all about this second understanding. Apostrophe. (n.) A punctuation mark indicating possession, the omission of letters or numbers (in informal writing), […]
A typical dictionary definition will be along the lines of:
Ellipsis. (n.). Plural ellipses. A series of three full stops (…) used to signify that written matter has words missing.
However, such definitions leave a lot unanswered.
The ability to dash properly is a useful skill, when working with running text for instance. Still, I often see otherwise dashing material that’s been dashed by being dashed off with a wrong dash. It’s a dashed shame.
Em Rule (n.): British. A dash of one em length that is used to create a strong sense of digression, associated thought, or an aside to the theme of a sentence.