Em-Dashβ€” To The Heart πŸ–•


Stab me with your em-dash,
Stab me in the heart,
Scarecrow my prose away
Burn it, burn it all on the fire,

I’ve been jousted in the eyes,
Can’t see the words for tears,
Flowing poetic aesthetics,
Bleeding out on the floor;

Operator, operator,
This is an emergency,
Em-dash razor-wire fortresses, areβ€”
Rationing out literatic beauty!

The em dash is an incredibly versatile punctuation mark that can be used instead of parentheses, commas, colons, or quotation marks in a sentence.

The em dash has a fan club of sorts, as writers love to debate its many uses (and possible overuses). Noting that people have proclaimed their love of this punctuation mark with em dash tattoos, the New York Times called it β€œthe bad boy, or cool girl, of punctuation. A freewheeling scofflaw. A rebel without a clause.”


Whodunnit? I dunno. But murder weapon was em-dash: β€”πŸ©Έ.


5 thoughts on “Em-Dashβ€” To The Heart πŸ–•

    1. Haha! Sorry πŸ˜†

      The trouble is there are actually three different types of horizontal line punctuation: – – β€”, but there’s a general lack of familiarity and most people have the impression that they all ‘look the same’ so use hyphens as a catch-all.

      I can’t even type an em-dash now without a complicated keyboard shortcut. It’s discrimination. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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