The dash

The dash, is stated by the well sold book ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves: the zero tolerance guide to punctuation’ (Lynne Truss, 2003) as idiot proof since it is visible and appropriate in very a many instance or circumstance. (p. 157) It is difficult to use it incorrectly, Truss argues.

A wonderful example one discovers from Edmund Chan’s ‘Radical Discipleship: Five Defining Questions’. (2014). “Thus, I seek to reduce things to the irreducible minimum — to crystallise the thought.” (p. 24)

Spend some moments to ask what you felt when you saw the horizontal line as you read the sentence… we might have very similar conclusions on why the dash here was used so well!


Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s