Hyphens, Em Dashes, En Dashes—Everything You Need to Know…

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I read on a grammar blog recently that “…the em dash is named after its length—it’s about the same width as the capital letter M.”

This is a common error that arises from the fact that in many fonts, the capital “M” is the widest letter, often the same width as the em dash.

However, the em dash—technically, a printing term—has nothing to do with the width of a capital “M,” it’s based on an entirely different and dynamic measurement: the point side of the typeface itself.

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Varieties of the Dash Experience

 

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