Dashes are “all the rage.” According to the “Questions and Quandaries” blog by Brian Klems–who writes on the Writer’s Digest.com site–“Dashes are used to denote an abrupt change in thought or an emphatic pause in a sentence. It’s a great style technique.”
Ever since reading Hunter S. Thompson in college during the 1970’s, I’ve been enamored of this funky little ellipsis. To all my teachers who questioned me–HAH! Once outlaw style–now embraced by the mainstream.
I just wish they hadn’t framed this piece as dashes v. parentheses–they’re cool, too (my second favorite way to avoid getting to the point–explication, y’know.)