My own reasons for loving this particular punctuation mark come from having spent most of my life exploring and writing about gray areas (academic and otherwise). So the label is apt in that respect. Things that don't fit just one hat but many, things that defy categorization -- as much as I sometimes wish I preferred simpler phenomena, I'm drawn to these messier ones. Many thanks to the teaching assistant who introduced me to the idea of liminality when I was writing one of many papers in college. It has, paradoxically, been most helpful in defining what fascinates me about the spheres of existence that we occupy. Whether we're talking about language, culture, space, time, or consciousness, there is always the allure of the spaces in between and what they hold. I guess this is why I find myself trying to "unpack" so much whenever I sit down to write -- too often getting nowhere.
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HyphenYou are comfortable around others. While you don't have to go out every night, you take pride in being easy to get along with. This should not, however, be misconstrued as believing (as many do) that you are without subtlety. In fact, you have the power to inform the anal retentive that, indeed, they are discussing an anal-retentive issue. Who else can do that? Quotation marks intimidate you a little bit.
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