I’m currently rereading Dreyer’s English to brush up on some American grammar and enjoy the excellent prose of a man so in love with the craft of writing.

While chatting about this book on a call with somebody this morning, the conversation turned to hyphens and dashes.

Lots of people don’t give much thought to the fact that em dashes (—), en dashes (–) and hyphens (-) all have different lengths and should be used for different purposes.

Hands up if you’re guilty of reaching too quickly for the hyphen.