Today in the Business Writing Class that I taught I learned the squiggly line to the left of the “1” key, that looks like this ~ is called a tilde (til’ – day) from the Spanish word for title.

I also learned that the short hyphen and the long hyphen have names too. They are actually dashes. Which is a punctuation mark that is similar to a hyphen or minus sign, but differs from both of these symbols primarily in length and function.

The most common versions of the dash are the en dash (–) and the em dash (—), named for the length of a typeface‘s lower-case n and upper-case M respectively.

Wow! My life is richer. One of the participants said, “If John doesn’t know the answer I do.”  I copped to my ignorance and learned  from him.

According to the evaluations, the class still thought I was knowledgeable. Whew!

So we don’t have to know-it-all after all.