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First time asking a question here. I thought of this sentence just a few moments ago, and I can't figure out how to properly punctuate it so that it conveys the meaning I had intended.

He got a new best friend, [namely] himself"

How would this be punctuated properly? I'm personally leaning towards comma, but maybe semicolon or even full stop is a better idea? Thanks in advance, and sorry about what is probably a fairly simple question.

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A comma is the usual choice in this construction. However, if you are looking for some more emphasis, an em-dash would also be appropriate, as it conveys a long pause, but not the end/start of a sentence.

He got a new best friend—himself.

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    Thank you so much! I especially appreciate the explanation about the em-dash — a capricious form of punctuation I've avoided for long. – guest Mar 23 '20 at 20:25
  • Careful here, there should not be spaces around an em-dash. See Chicago Manual of Style § 6.85. – Felix Jen Mar 23 '20 at 22:07
  • I think a colon might also be appropriate. – Andreas Blass Mar 24 '20 at 3:45
  • Thank you so much you two! In my native language, Norwegian, there is a space before and after the em-dash, hence the confusion. – guest Mar 24 '20 at 14:38

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