Em Dash It All
I hold language in high regard, but as I look through these assorted pieces of this opus (or is it corpus?) of words, I see I have been rather cavalier about grammar and mechanics. It is time to pay the piper and do a number of search-and-replace repairs. One about which I have an unanswered question is the em-dash. This is rendered in my blog editor (NoteTab Pro) by using two hypens. Many of the book segments are blog posts pasted from NoteTab into Word for revision. But in come those pesky hyphens that should be one unbroken longer em-dash. Here's my question:
Are there any spaces on either side of the em-dash or do the two words on either side abut right up to the dash? I think the latter is the case, so I'll have to not only search and replace all the hyphens but all the already present dashes that have spaces on one side or the other or both.
So, editors, do you agree: no spaces bounding the dash? Hmmm?