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March 22, 2006

Semicolons are an art form

Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 3 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

"In this chapter I want to examine punctuation as an art. Naturally, therefore, this is where the colon and the semincolon waltz together, to a big cheer from all the writers in the audience...Is it endangered?" (105)

When I was younger, I had trouble with semicolons, I never knew when to use them. "They are more powerful more imposing pretentious than a comma but they are a comma all the same." (108) I agree with this statement. When i see a semicolon, I feel as if the writer took the time to notice that it belongs there and the reason is because it is important for the sentence.

I rarely use colons, except for when I am about to list or order items that the previous words state.

As stated above about the endangering of the colon and semicolon, it is true. When I review papers of others, I see random colons and semicolons in positions that it is not necessary to put one. I am not saying I am perfect, but I tend to find my mis-use of both and fix it.

Posted by Denamarie at March 22, 2006 09:41 PM

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