In Defense of the Em Dash

Writers worry they overuse it. They shouldn’t — it’s awesome.

Clive Thompson
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6 min readApr 1, 2022

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“webster”, by J E Theriot

Writers love the em dash — but they all worry they overuse it.

I realized this last fall when I released Just The Punctuation, an app that lets you paste in a chunk of text and it strips out everything but the punctuation.

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Clive Thompson
Creators Hub

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net