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    Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    In the SOED6's abbreviations and symbols, it says:

    The printing of hyphens

    Hyphens introduced at line breaks in words or formulae not otherwise hyphenated are printed "~". The regular form "-" represents a hyphen which would occur in any circumstance in the text.

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    'Hyphens introduced at line breaks in words or formulae not otherwise hyphenated are printed "~"'

    What doe it mean?



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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    I have never seen the swung dash used like that and advise students not to use it.

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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    Thanks for introducing the term "swung dash." I never heard it before.

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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    The extract probably comes from a technical text in which it's important for the reader to know whether a word or formula that wraps to a following line is supposed to contain a hyphen.

    The image doesn't show a swung dash (which I've always called a tilde). It shows an angled hyphen.
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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    I've never in my life seen any-
    thing other than a hyphen be-
    ing used for a line-break.

    I advise only using a hy-
    phen for a line-break.
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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    I have got some examples.




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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    I've never noticed such a dash before. If I stumbled across one, I'm not sure I would even notice that it's at a slightly different angle from a standard hyphen. I might even think it was a slight printing error.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Oct-2017 at 11:28. Reason: Fixed typo - thanks kadioguy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I might even thing it was a slight printing error.
    Does 'thing' here function as a verb?
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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Does 'thing' here function as a verb?
    Nope! It was a typo. I meant "think". I have corrected it. Thanks for pointing it out.
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    Re: Hyphens introduced at line breaks

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've never noticed such a dash before. If I stumbled across one, I'm not sure I would even notice that it's at a slightly different angle from a standard hyphen. I might even think it was a slight printing error.
    I would consider it a peculiarity of the font.
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