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A Godville Guide to Style

This article is an attempt to provide a clear and consistent summary of English usage and style for Godville content, both in-game and on the Godwiki. It is intended to summarise and reflect the norms and standards that are currently in use in Godville, rather than an attempt to impose any specific external style or tradition. As such, it will describe an English language style called Godville Standard Usage.

This guide is intended as a reference to help ideaboxers, ER editors, and Godwiki contributors who would like guidance on English usage and consistency in Godville. It is not intended to be a definitive or comprehensive manual to the English language, just an attempt to summarise the norms and usage typical to Godville's variety of English.

Godville Standard Usage

One of the greatest things about the Godville community is that it is truly global. Native and non-native speakers of English from all over the world mix together to share, enjoy, and create written content. Unlike most global languages, there is no central authority of English; no Académie Anglais or Институт Английского Языка officiates what is, or is not, correct English usage and punctuation. This is one of English's greatest strengths and greatest frustrations, and as a result, there are countless ways to write in English, all of which are 'right' and all of which are 'wrong'.

The one thing that every single guide to English usage and style agree on is that, regardless what style you choose to use, the most important thing is consistency: pick a usage and stick with it. Godville has grown many of its own consistent traditions when it comes to English, some of which are consistent enough to be considered Godville Standard Usage.



  • El dashes: Hyphens (-) are used as hyphens and el dashes and, sometimes, as punctuation. However, em dashes are strongly preferred for punctuation, and should usually be used instead. El dashes also tend to be used in place of en dashes on Godville. A pair of el dashes should be replaced with an em dash.
  • En dashes: En dashes () are almost entirely absent from Godville. Most punctuation guides for English state that en dashes should be used for indicating ranges (i.e., "May 10, 2010–September 28, 2021", "50–100 gold", etc), however, in those cases Godville tends to use an el dash instead.
  • Em dashes: Em dashes () are used as punctuation dashes, and occasionally to indicate a pause or interruption to a sentence. When used as punctuation — such as like this — Godville follows AP style: a space before and after the dash (word — word).[1][2] When used to indicate a pause or interruption, no spaces are placed around the em dash, nor between the dash and other punctuation (Oh my gosh—,; Please stop interrup—). Double em dashes are not used in Godville.


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  1. The Associated Press Stylebook; official website (subscription required)
  2. AP em dash usage (summary; no subscription required)

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