Punctuation in novels
Adam J Calhoun

I would love to see em dashes added to the bar chart. My hunch is that they have been gaining in popularity since the 80’s as a replacement for colons and semicolons — also being used in many places as a substitute for commas and parentheses.

Stylistically they are more pronounced than any of the aforementioned punctuation marks and look more natural in fiction. It looks like most of the novels I read nowadays are littered with them.

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