Why Do Jewish People Write "G-D" When spelling out his name?

Whenever I am reading an article or essay by a person of the jewish faith, they always refer to The Creator as “G-D”.

My guess is that it is out of respect, but what is the story behind it?

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Zev Steinhardt

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Zev Steinhardt