Behold the em dash, /lit/.
How do you like to format your em dashes? Do you even use them? What do you use?
>Like — this?
>Like -- this?
>Like - this?
>Like-this? (I seriously hope you guys don't do this.)
I have AutoHotKeys enabled so that I get a minus sign when I type two hyphens ("You take a −2 Strength penalty"), an en dash for two commas ("It lasted from 1860–5"), and an em dash when I type two semicolons ("And—get this!—OP is an autist!")
I write with them -- well, kinda -- all the time like this.
I probably use it once every three sentences in essays. Maybe more. I get complaints that I take too many detours in my sentences.