ChanteSez … Make a dash for it, part 2

Lesson No. 2 on dashes: Use them when there’s an abrupt change, interruption or addition to a sentence.

For example:

  • I’ll bet she never smiled — why would she?
  • What would be the point of saying more — I’ve explained everything I can.
  • Sometimes you just need a friend — even when there are lots of acquaintances around.

ChanteSez … Make a dash for it, part 1

This is the first in a three-part series on when to use dashes … because┬ásentences and paragraphs filled with dashes are not cute. And they’re often hard to read.

The easiest to remember and most common use for dashes is when separating a list of items within a phrase.

For example:

  • Chante liked having things to do — biking, swimming, cooking — and made sure there was time.
  • The show was everything you’d want — excellent singing, dynamic dancing, engaged audience — and was well worth the money.

ChanteSez … I believe you can fly

Really, I do. And since I’m in Chicago — me and R. Kelly’s hometown — but flying back to Atlanta today, here are a few rules for things flight-related.

  • Capitalize “Flight,” and use numerals: Flight 1545
  • Same with “Terminal” and “Gate”: Terminal 7; Gate C
  • Airline companies take capitalized names, being proper nouns and all: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, etc.
  • Also capitalize the proper names of airports: Midway International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
  • You can shorten the name of an airport, but don’t make one up: John F. Kennedy International Airport can be shortened to Kennedy Airport, but Boston Airport doesn’t exist. It’s actually Logan International Airport, or, if you prefer, Logan Airport.