The Dash

=65. Sudden Break in Thought

Use a dash to mark a sudden suspension

of the thought or a violent break in the construction of the sentence.


"You mean to say--Just what are you

talking about?" he questioned awkwardly.

=66. Date Lines

In stories written under a date line place a dash

between the date or the Special and the beginning of the story. Thus:

Sylvester, Ga., Jan. 21.--Five negroes were taken

from the county jail and lynched at an early hour

this morning.

=67. After "namely," "viz.," etc

Place a dash after namely, as,

that is, viz., etc., when introducing an example or an



The mob seemed to hold him responsible for

two things, namely--the lost key and the barred


=68. Lists of Officers

In giving lists of officers, put a dash

between the name of the office and the officer. Thus:

The newly elected officers are: President--O. N.

Homer; Vice President--Abner King; Secretary--David

Thoeder; Treasurer--Mark Bronson.

=69. Dialogue, Questions and Answers

In quoting questions and

answers, proceedings of public bodies or trials, and dialogue generally,

put a dash between the Q. or the A., or the name of the speaker, and

the statement made. And make a new paragraph for each speaker. Thus:

Q.--Are you a resident of Montana? A.--I have

been for four years.

=70. Slowness of Speech

Put a dash between words or phrases to

indicate slowness or hesitancy in speech. Thus: "These, he said, were

his--er--wife's slippers."

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