a mark of punctuation (∼) used in place of a word or part of a word previously spelled out.
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En Dashes from A–ZYou don’t hear as much about them as other dashes, but you’ve most likely seen them around. En dashes (–) can denote a range or connect the endpoints of a route. They can also show a contrast or connection between two words. You can use them to replace the words to, and, or versus. An en dash is longer than a hyphen (–) and shorter …
Origin of swung dash
First recorded in 1950–55
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a mark, ~, traditionally used in text to indicate the omission of a word or part of a word
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