English Language: Semicolons


There was a nice line in a film – I forget which one.  A woman says, “He’s so unromantic, he even puts semicolons in his love letters.”  Words to that effect, anyway.

In an age where even commas and full-stops are considered expendable, and the possessive apostrophe is a threatened species, I still like to have the semicolon as an option.  It’s like having a .38 calibre pistol, for those occasions when a .45 would be overkill but a .32 just wouldn’t do the job.

What do you think?

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