August 8, 2013Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation
The en-dash is the middle of the three short-horizontal-line punctuation marks.
the hyphen -
the en-dash –
the em-dash —
It is also the rarest, in legal writing. En-dashes are used in place of the word “to” in series and related contexts:
the 1960–1963 winning streak
on the Philadelphia–Pittsburgh route
It can also be used, in preference to the virgule (or slash: / ) to connote contrast or tension between two terms:
the Posner–Scalia dispute
If you want an en-dash in Word, you can pick it from a drop-down symbol picker, or type Ctrl-NumLock-[dash] (where [dash] is the one on the number pad, not the one above and to the right of the P key).