Suck on that brisbot, I’ve got emojis, a triple em dash and an em dash.

  • coaxil
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    8 days ago

    My other accounts comment seems to have been lost in the void

    But this is the fancy and glorious thread I can get behind!

  • 𝚝𝚛𝚔
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    8 days ago

    Can we get a refresher on the usage of the different dashes? I’ve forgotten everything I learned about them already

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      - hyphen-minus. Used for joining two words together (e.g. “see-through”) and as the maths “minus” symbol.

      – (can type on Windows with alt+0150 on a numpad, or on Mac with option±, or on most phones by long pressing the hyphen key) en dash. Used for ranges (“5–10 pm”), or in the place of a hyphen with compound nouns (“post–Great Migration trends” vs “post-migration trends”). For these uses, it is not surrounded by any space. It can also be used in place of an em dash, if surrounded by spaces – like this.

      — (alt+0151, option+shift±, long press) em dash. Used as a type of parenthesis, similar to the bracket (like this) or, in some cases, the comma. Used without spaces—like this.

      The OP also uses what I called above an “emmm dash”, playing on the name of the em dash, which is so-called because it has a width of one “em” (basically, the width of a single character in typography), and this is three ems wide. It doesn’t seem to have a proper name in the typography field, though Unicode calls it “three-em dash”.

      I think the emmm dash’s main use is probably as a dinkus. Its Wiktionary entry says it can also be used to represent censored/redacted information or duplicate authors in a bibliography.

      Urban Dictionary says it is “basically used in usernames to show off to other people”.

      • ⸻ Ban DHMO 🇦🇺 ⸻OP
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        Urban Dictionary says it is “basically used in usernames to show off to other people”.

        Hence why I have two of them in mine

  • maniacalmanicmania
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    You have spaces before and after your em dashes. You’re doing it wrong. Suck on that.

    Sincerely yours,
    Friend of brisbot

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      On the one hand, I agree spaces surrounding em dashes is not great.

      On the other hand, the use of the rare emmm dash is cool enough to make up for it IMO.

      • coaxil
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        8 days ago

        Swapped accounts, working fine on this one… Ignore that doofus above, they don’t know what they are on about at all… 🙄

        • Zagorath
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          8 days ago

          I’ve been finding the new proxy feature seems to be slowing down image loads. Usually a refresh or two will make it work.

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            7 days ago

            I thought dark mode was the default on Lemmy? It’s what I see when logged out, anyway.

            • ⸻ Ban DHMO 🇦🇺 ⸻OP
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              It probably changes to match the system colour theme, it shows up dark on my phone (which I think is set to dark mode), my computer is set to light (mixed) mode (GNOME default), whereas last time I used Windows 10 I think dark was the default (until they brought in that weird white taskbar thing)