The Semicolon.

2 Aug

I’m not a professional writer. I’m not even an amateur writer. Peruse my blog and I assure you that you’ll find a plethora of grammar errors and misspelled words. If you are an English major, then you’ll be like a kid in a candy store! Edit and spell check to your heart’s content.

As I was writing one of my posts last week, the thought occurred to me: “Should I be using a semicolon here?” and then as my mind invariably does, I quickly jumped to the next thought: “What exactly is the purpose of a semicolon anyway?”

Naturally, the next step was to google semicolon. I came across this little gem.

This clear and concise guide refined my understanding of the semicolon. And I laughed. A lot. Truly, it’s brilliant.

Also, I found this blog post from a blog written by authors of thriller and mystery novels. According to this author, “the semi-colon is a burp, a hiccup. It’s a drunk staggering out of the saloon at 2 a.m., grabbing your lapels on the way and asking you to listen to one more story” and “all they [semicolons] do is show you’ve been to college”.

Since I have yet to graduate college, you can understand why the ignorance.

Side note: As I was checking the proper spelling of “misspelling”, I was delighted to find this in my google search.

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2 Responses to “The Semicolon.”

  1. Spencer August 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    I KNOW HOW TO USE SEMICOLONS!!! I’d like to say that I learned the art of the semicolon in the pursuit of my degree, but PoliSci majors are notoriously bad with grammar. The credit belongs to Chelsi; she graduated in Technical Writing.

    • carlycomesupforair August 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

      I read your wife’s blog- love it! She is a great writer and incredibly captivating!

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