Kim Kardashian

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    Dashes -- the Kardashians of punctuation

    The dash is the Kim Kardashian of punctuation marks: misplaced, over-exposed, shamelessly self-promoting, always eager to elbow out her jealous sisters the comma, colon, and semicolon.

    My friend and mentor Don Fry has for years waged a holy war against the dash. Not the hundred-yard dash or a dash of paprika, but that most horizontal mode of punctuation, also known as an em dash -- so named because it’s about as wide as a capital “M” in some typefaces.

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