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A mad dash to improve punctuation


There are some forms of punctuation some people just can't stand - the dash for example. A best-selling author has now called on writers to stop using it. The writer in question, Lionel Shriver, and Erica Wagner, literary editor of The Times, discuss if the dash is a useful tool - or if it is just used by writers who don't quite understand the semi-colon.

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