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>> Let's pretend we're waaaay overthinking this.
>> Let's try this:
v> print ("-" .. " is a hyphen")
>> print ( ?? .. " is an n-dash")
>Without more information, we can only guess at what platform or 
>software you are using.
>You need a UTF-8 aware editor, for starters, or you can use 
>escaped character codes in strings.

Well, the target platform is Win CE; I'm developing on XP.

If I've got to worry about character sets then I'm just going to tell the design team they can't have en-dashes - they're getting hyphens. >:(