You Are Using That Dash Wrong!

Some people were not fond of being aware of the hyphen. Even some dictionary users may be aware of this. The hyphen has become complicated to type in many cases, such as the em dash "—", the en dash, "–" and the double hyphen "⸗". Here is how it all started:

How And When?

The first use, as we know, was used by Dionysius Thrax, a grammarian (a person who studies grammar types and usages). At the time, a dash was joining two words, like tie-dye. When letter-spacing (or tracking) was invented in the Middle Ages, the the dash, written under text, reversed its meaning. These are used to mark to connect two words that don't need or don't use a space, (tie-dye, not tie dye).

Courtesy of Johannes Gutenberg from Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin

The modern use, however, originated with Johannes Gutenberg (the inventor of the Gutenberg press) who lived in Germany with his 42-line Bible (the picture above). His tools did not allow underlines, and now he moved it to the middle instead. His printing press required words made up of individual letters of type to be held in place by a frame. He solved the problem of making each line the same length to fit said frame by putting in a dash at the last word at the right side of the paper. This interrupted the letters in the last word, requiring the remaining letters to be carried over to the start of the line below. Because of this, he invented the double hyphen "⸗". Notice that it's turned at an angle.

Here are the hyphen's uses in line-breaks:

pro-

gression

progres-

sion

And here is how you use the double hyphen:

tie⸗

dye

Guys, you need to use the double hyphen when writing. It's useful for this purpose. I swear, most people haven't even used it before, or they didn't even know there is a double hyphen in existence. 🙋🏻‍♂️

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