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When writing dialogue, a dash can be used to denote interruption. For example:

“Hello, can I ask you about—”

“No.”

If a character is interrupting themself, should the first word of the interruption be capitalized? In other words, should the word oh be capitalized in the following quote?

“Have you seen — oh my God, you’re him!”

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Jane Straus advocates lower-case to follow a dash even after a sentence fragment:

I wish you would — oh, never mind.

This shows an abrupt change in thought and warrants an em dash.

Usage on the internet is non-uniform.

  • She doesn't clearly state a rule, so much as implies common usage to semicolons or other compound sentence constructs. – DougM Dec 22 '13 at 1:19
  • And "usage on the internet is non-uniform" is so obvious it may be a tautology. – DougM Dec 22 '13 at 1:20
  • @DougM If I see someone smoking, I feel I'm justified in considering him a smoker; I quoted Straus's example verbatim. If she had labelled this practice a rule, I probably would have looked a lot further to find someone of equal stature saying or clearly implying it wasn't – I just pointed out that it's not universal practice. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 22 '13 at 9:33

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