Man, writing is hard.

Self: en dash is the short dash. It’s used for closed range things and for linking things together.

An em dash is the long dash. Quoting from the wiki:

The em dash indicates a sudden break in thought—a parenthetical statement like this one—or an open range (such as “John Doe, 1987—”). The em dash is used in much the way a colon or set of parentheses is used: it can show an abrupt change in thought or be used where a period is too strong and a comma too weak. Em dashes are sometimes used in lists or definitions, but this is not considered correct usage[citation needed]: a colon should be used instead.

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