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The Walrus
Jul 9, 2002




I use the hyphen a lot - I use it perhaps too much, in ways that aren't grammatically correct, but - I don't care.

It really helps to moderate the intended tone, I find. Something that's increasingly important in today's world where more and more business and even communication is done on line. I considered using a hyphen there after 'find', by the way.

Where you would use a period or a comma, or even nothing at all, you can instead use a hyphen - giving your written word the exact same kind of half pauses if you were using trying to be an effective communicator IRL.

People are stupid, too, let's be honest - so hyphens help to kind of guide them through complex ideas or sentences. Run on sentences are bad but hyphens make them not run on, but not get broken up as much as with periods. A complex idea can be taken in as a whole while still maintaining its individual parts.

I just sent a business email that had 12 hyphens in it. Honestly that might have been too many.

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BigHead
Jul 25, 2003
Huh?




Nap Ghost

I give this thread an A-

Yaldabaoth
Oct 9, 2012

I MISSED YOUR OLD AV BECAUSE IT WAS FIT SOOOOOOOO WELL.

YOU POST LIKE A DRUNK JORDAN PETERSON THAT LOOKS LIKE HE'S MELTING UNDER THE STRAIN OF ALL OF GBS TELLING HIM TO GET FUCKED.

IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO BE THIS BAD AT POSTING

FURTHERMORE I


I've been on the internet since the late 90s and constant exposure to walls of text without any punctuation, has made me overly generous when it comes to using punctuation myself.

spacing in vienna
Jan 4, 2007

people they want us to fall down
but we won't ever touch the ground
we're perfectly balanced, we float around
til no one is here, do you hear the sound?




Lipstick Apathy

You mean an endash or an emdash, not a hyphen.

Mozi
Apr 4, 2004

Forms change so fast
Time is moving past
Memory is smoke
Gonna get wider when I die


Nap Ghost

hyphen's good but not the best; semicolon rules the rest

Uriah Heep
Apr 28, 2010

im having a bit of an existential crisis here guys

I was actually just talking to someone about this, if you want to be fancy — use the em dash. Its a bit sexier and aesthetic. One of my design teachers really got horny for them.

It's the only alt code I know off the top of my head: Alt+0151

Xenocides
Jan 14, 2008

This world looks very scary....



I think the written word is where humanity went wrong so punctuation is bad imo.

cult_hero
Jul 10, 2001


I like to use them in my passwords. Really gives them a little air of class.

signalnoise
Mar 7, 2008

i was told my old av was distracting


spacing in vienna posted:

You mean an endash or an emdash, not a hyphen.

They probly use spaces instead of tabs

mkvltra
Nov 1, 2020



Hyphen owns OP. Insanely good poo poo

Murdstone
Jun 14, 2005





This is totally inappropriate use of the hyphen and an insult to em dashes everywhere. How dare you. HOW DARE YOU

Jesustheastronaut!
Mar 9, 2014






Lipstick Apathy

L-O-L

Sid Vicious
Jan 1, 1970



i will never use a hyphen!!!

The Walrus
Jul 9, 2002




BigHead posted:

I give this thread an A-

are you like a 4th grade teacher? 5th?




gently caress yeah still got it

mom and dad fight a lot
Sep 21, 2006

The right wing has been freaking out about Trudeau ever since he ran in 2015. First they freaked out about his hair and now they want to fuck him.



spacing in vienna posted:

You mean an endash or an emdash, not a hyphen.

All three of these are great and I love using them. I just love it.

Sid Vicious
Jan 1, 1970



i hate the hyphen
and i will never use it
drat the hyphenate

Weka
May 5, 2019


Xenocides posted:

I think the written word is where humanity went wrong so punctuation is bad imo.

Mods rename this fellow to Socrates

Smugworth
Apr 18, 2003

Well, I've got brain damage on the side of my brain, and I don't know which side, left or right, where I huffed gasoline for ten long years.




I feel the same... way about... ellipsis... Op.....

EVERY TIME GOING
Mar 17, 2006

cant stop wont stop


The feudal practice of using a space-less long hyphen to convey a pause—over the shorter hyphen - that's commonly present on keyboards, should be held on the same level of contempt in grammar court as the crime of doubling up the s-es at the end of possessives' apostrophes

hot cocoa on the couch
Dec 8, 2009



cool grammar thread that i will not be participating in or making any comment on in any way

Sid Vicious
Jan 1, 1970



big hyphen keeping my buddy down

The Walrus
Jul 9, 2002




oh god, hyphens ARE the millennial ellipsis

appropriatemetaphor
Jan 26, 2006




they say there are only 26 letters in the alphabet but once you finally learn all of those there are suddenly all these puncuations to learn like a comma or a period or a hyphen or the long dork hyphen or even a question mark gently caress that

Mumpy Puffinz
Aug 11, 2008

Also, Lithuania is not a Baltic state

(Lithuania is an error of History)

Nap Ghost

Sid Vicious posted:

i hate the hyphen
and i will never use it
drat the hyphenate

spell Spider-man!

Three Olives
Apr 10, 2005

I just wonder what the First Lady's boobs are up to!


It's the year 2022 and it is still impossible to put my legal last name into about 20% of online forms.

CareyB
Feb 28, 2004


Yam Slacker

Hyphens are great if you want to create a distinct space between your sentences - however using an ellipses gets the same effect with added tension… see?

Mumpy Puffinz
Aug 11, 2008

Also, Lithuania is not a Baltic state

(Lithuania is an error of History)

Nap Ghost

Smugworth posted:

I feel the same... way about... ellipsis... Op.....

It used to mean a break that you could ignore. Like when I was talking to my Uncle, and he told me about winter camping... Man he was cold that night.
Now it just means...

Mumpy Puffinz
Aug 11, 2008

Also, Lithuania is not a Baltic state

(Lithuania is an error of History)

Nap Ghost

Three Olives posted:

It's the year 2022 and it is still impossible to put my legal last name into about 20% of online forms.

What is your legal last name Three Olives?

Three Olives
Apr 10, 2005

I just wonder what the First Lady's boobs are up to!


Mumpy Puffinz posted:

What is your legal last name Three Olives?

Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie

Mumpy Puffinz
Aug 11, 2008

Also, Lithuania is not a Baltic state

(Lithuania is an error of History)

Nap Ghost

Three Olives posted:

Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie

that's a mouthful. Why is it illegal. Not enough room on the ID?

Xaintrailles
Aug 14, 2015

:hellyeah::histdowns:

Gas; thread.

Colonel Cancer
Sep 26, 2015

Tune into the fireplace channel, you absolute buffoon

Sometimes I likes to split a word just to see what happ-



-ens

CloFan
Nov 5, 2004



Hyphens are real cool, I use them too much in business emails I'm sure. The double dash is a good technique-- I like the way it looks, but most word processors and some web apps will convert that to a emdash

Semicolon just feels so much more formal

EVERY TIME GOING
Mar 17, 2006

cant stop wont stop


CloFan posted:

The double dash is a good technique-- I like the way it looks,

:whoptc:

Private Cumshoe
Feb 15, 2019


I'm high on Fen-Phen bitch

Mumpy Puffinz
Aug 11, 2008

Also, Lithuania is not a Baltic state

(Lithuania is an error of History)

Nap Ghost

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlk7o5T56iw

Devils Affricate
Jan 22, 2010


Hyphens join words together, OP. What you're talking about is the double dash, or the em dash. It's properly used without spaces on either side.

Colonel Cancer
Sep 26, 2015

Tune into the fireplace channel, you absolute buffoon

Em dash stands for electro-magnetic dash

Devils Affricate
Jan 22, 2010


Uhhh pretty sure it stands for elon musk

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Vim Fuego
Jun 1, 2000

I just had an epiphany: the internet is useless!





Ultra Carp

Spider-hyphen-man alt spotted

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