Do you harbour an irrational fear the semi colon?
When I read other blogs, displaying excellent use of the semi-colon, I sigh and think how much more intelligent, literate, educated they must be.
I must have missed the semi-colon lesson in school. I really don’t remember being taught much grammar, just picking it up along the way.
I sometimes think, ‘I’m sure a semi-colon could go in there’. Then I bottle it in case my inappropriate use shows me to be a numpty who should stick to reading blogs, not writing one.
I must admit that since starting this blog 9 weeks ago, I find the words coming easier and easier. The dusty old thesaurus in my head is releasing that word I am looking for faster than before. I am having to spend less time rewriting my twaddle and I can pop out a reasonable post in 10-15 minutes. (You may have a different definition of reasonable, of course).
But the use of the semi-colon evades me.
So today I looked it up; it wasn’t difficult.
There, did you see it? That pesky semi-colon. I think that’s right. Blink and you’d miss it.
I found this explanation really useful http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon
Love, Lucie xx
It’s nice to see somebody worry about punctuation; most people don’t seem to bother with it these days.
Nice use of punctuation; definitely a professional.
So glad you could master the art of the semi-colon!
Still practicing. My challenge is to try and pop one in each post;)
Brilliant! You probably weren’t taught it. I wasn’t (born ’72), I think the 70s & 80s didn’t see much punctuation & grammar taught in English classes. I still couldn’t parse a sentence and as for things like adjectives & adverbs, that’s a closed book, but a literature degree has given me a love of the semi-colon! I say use it often!
A ’72 baby here also! I’ll look forward to seeing at least
one in all your posts!
The danger is you’ll see more than one! So when in ’72?! I’m August.
You have just 3 months on me. Nov’72
Hooray! I’ve been worrying over exactly the same thing and I’m sure I’ve been using ‘-‘ instead. I will now swat up! Thank you. x
I always used ‘-‘ whenever I thought a ‘;’ might go!