An ellipsis can be useful to have in a diagram:

[diagram picture]

I've been asked on several occasions how to make one of these puppies, so I thought I'd publish the steps I saw one of my coworkers use:

  1. Launch Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
  2. Get the Drawing toolbar to show up if it's not already there.  You do this by going to the View menu | Toolbars | Drawing.
  3. Create a line.


  4. Change the dash style to dots.


  5. Increase the thickness.


  6. And viola!

As a side note, I was tempted to title this entry "dot dot dot" until I found the real name in the dictionary.

From Merriam-Webster:

1 a : the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete b : a sudden leap from one topic to another
2 : marks or a mark (as ... or · or --) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause

To think, my English vocabulary is actually improving by maintaining this blog.