Fear of the semi-colon

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Do you harbour an irrational fear the semi colon?

I do.

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


  1. 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!


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