For a person who complains a lot about the proper pronunciation of words, I guess I better issue a caveat -- I follow my own rules when it comes to punctuation and grammar.
I use dots and dashes like a cook uses salt and pepper. I have no idea if I'm even using them correctly ------------ and I don't even care. I put those in there for effect . . . . . . . . . so what I write sounds like how I would say it.
Hence, big fonts for yelling, lots of ?????? marks when I want to make a passionate point -- and dashes . . . . and dots.
I'm out of control, I know.
I apologize to all the English majors out there.