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Posted by Li Yar on January 23, 2004

In Reply to: &mdash posted by Fred on January 22, 2004

: : : Is it a word?

: : In printing there is an Em Dash and an En dash

: : N-Dash is a -
: : M-Dash is a longer dash a --

: No question that 'em' and 'en' are words. My question was raised
: by the first sentence in Maureen Dowd's column in today's New York Times:
: 'Washington - Whoa!' Are there three words in this sentence?
: If so, the second begins with the letter (?) '&'?

Now we know - battle of the pedants. Only a contentious jerk would suggest that a punctuation mark is a word.

2 words - "washington" and "whoa" simple as that.