Tag Archives: punctuation

Citation Hulk

Forget Grammar Nazi. If Law Review has done anything to me this semester, it has turned me into a Citation Hulk. There I am, minding my own business, when I come across a legal citation. And I see a comma in the wrong place.

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Or small caps in a brief?

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Or, Lord forbid, something incorrectly italicized?

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I assume this feeling eventually fades. Right…? Guys…?

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Hyphen, En Dash, Em Dash

Did you know there are three types of “dash” and each one represents a different way to punctuate? So hyphens (-) are only for hyphenating words and multi-part numbers. En Dashes (–) are for pages and year ranges. The Em Dash (—) is for strong breaks in the structure of a sentence. 

I just spent the last hour going through every sentence of an academic paper making sure the proper hyphen/dash was used. I’m mentally shot. I meant to write out a nice post about my visit with Hope…but instead enjoy the actual thought that popped into my head and made me laugh while sitting here. Alone. With my dashes.

Me: “My! I use the em and en dashes a lot in my writing. I guess you could say I’m quite —dashing.”