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9 Things You Didn't Know About the Semicolon

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I've come up with a few of my own. Just for fun 😉

 

1) Can't decide what it feels like. Is it a comma or is it a colon.

2) A waist of ink, one or the other will do.

3) It's like a pear shaped person, thin on top and large on the bottom.

4) The best of both worlds, you can pause for 1.5 times the length of the comma.

5) Just trying to be seen, it's tired of being an over looked comma and put up it's hand ... er dot.

6) Just a way to wink at you when you don;t have any of those pesky emoticons. Best used with a hyphen and a capital D (ex. ;-D)

7) Just an old period (the one that used to be at the top of the line at the end of the sentence) trying to get some support.

8 Just a way to wave at the sentence below and show off a bit.

9) Just the offspring of a love affair between the comma and colon. 

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I've stopped using semi-colons - I prefer dashes instead. I find younger readers feel uncomfortable around them but know what a dash does. I think of it as punctuation pragmatism. 

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They will always have a place in long Scripture references, I suppose.

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On 7/28/2019 at 4:28 PM, Johne said:

 I find younger readers feel uncomfortable around them 

As someone who tutors writing at the college level, I find students feel really empowered once they know how to use a semicolon correctly. Of course, then they overuse it, but I like that they enjoy it. Thankfully, the overuse settles down after a while. 

 

Personally, I like that there are different ways to punctuate sentences. It gives writers another way to make their writing styles unique--kind of like the way Emily Dickenson's penchant for the dash makes her poetry instantly recognizable.

 

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That article was interesting.

 

I like the semicolon; It gives me pause. 

The comma is nice, but it creates a long clause.

With a semicolon, you know what you get.

Please tell me my friend the semicolon is not done yet.

 

                                                 

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4 hours ago, quietspirit said:

Please tell me my friend the semicolon is not done yet.

One of the nice things about the semicolon is that its use is straightforward. It combines independent clauses without any help. It substitutes for a comma when the sentence already has too many commas. And it makes a nice wink. (;

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