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Synonyms for em

a quad with a square body

a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing

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en dash--shorter than the em dash (--), the en dash (-) is used in APA format to join a compound adjective where the words are of equal weight
Houston has infused a seemingly mundane subject with considerable verve & erudition, inspiring us to pepper these pages with the en dash, em dash, pilcrow, interrobang, circumflex, manicule, virgule (aka solidus), guillemet, asterisk, dagger, double dagger, ellipsis, hedera (aka fleuron), ampersand, and octothorpe (aka hashtag).
The em dash ("--" so called because historically it was the width of a typeset letter "m") should be used to signify an abrupt change or to set apart parenthetic elements.
To type the em dash, you hold down both the Shift and Option keys and type a hyphen.