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  • n. The symbol (—) (used to demarcate a parenthetical thought or to indicate a break, or for emphasis)


Named because the symbol (—) has the same width as the letter 'm', approximately twice the width of an en dash. (Wiktionary)


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  • This is the 'dash' we use when enclosing clauses, words or phrases, or to detach one end of a sentence from the main body. Cf en dash and hyphen.

    more info.

    December 9, 2007