Hyphens and Dashes: Their Difference and Uses

A dash is a dash is a dash. And hyphens and dashes are one and the same (cliché there). Right? Wrong. Unless you’ve done some proofreading or have had some experience with publishing, you probably wouldn’t have heard of em and en dashes (its not-so-popular sibling). After all, if a hyphen would suffice, why use... Continue Reading →

A Writer’s Dilemma

Q. When referring to a zombie, should I use the relative pronoun who (which would refer to a person) or that (since, technically, the zombie is no longer living)? Essentially, does a zombie cease to become a “person” in the grammatical sense? A. Let’s assume this is a serious question, in which case you, as the writer,... Continue Reading →

How Does a Semicolon Sound Like?

A few weeks ago, one of my friends asked me, “Hey, Kirbz, how does a semicolon sound like?” I was, at first, confused with his question. I thought he was asking how to pronounce the word semicolon, but it turns out that he was actually asking if semicolon has a specific accent or pause when... Continue Reading →

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