wish I knew you better. Your mysteriousness was intriguing at first, but now it
is just frustrating. If things do not change, if I cannot make sense of your
touch and go ways, I am going to have to say goodbye - forever.
semicolon has been omitted entirely; it has been used superfluously. Kurt
Vonnegut hated it; Virginia Woolf adored it. And in the last two sentences, I
think I've technically used it properly. The problem is using a semicolon is
more of a stylistic decision than a grammatical one. It is also one form of
punctuation that is entirely unnecessary. According to Noah Lukeman, in A Dash of Style, which I am pulling my
information from, it is a punctuation best suited for the creative writer. But how is a writer to decide when to
embrace the semicolon?
comma, its uses are up for debate. The semicolon has been called the bridge between
the comma and the period and has several functions in writing. Its modern usage
was established by Italian painter and publisher Aldus Manutius. Lukeman explains the semicolon as a
luxury that elevates from the utilitarian, and that your use of it can reveal a
lot about you. Over-users, for instance, are likely to be more prose than plot
the semicolon can slow the pace of your writing and give it an artistic edge.
But one has to be careful to use it rightly, else she looks amateur.
Here are a
couple writers' views on the semicolon:
you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like
climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in
the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your
breath. - Lewis Thomas
Here is a
lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are
transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is
show you've been to college. - Kurt
What is your
relationship to the semicolon?