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Semi-colons

Post by Dreamweaver » 26 Apr 2019, 20:55

Are semi-colons going out of fashion?
“Shirley Jackson loved her semicolons,” says Dreyer.

“I think that’s all the defense they need."

"The first paragraph of The Haunting of Hill House - one of the great opening paragraphs I can think of - includes three of them.”

Here is Jackson’s sublime first paragraph:
“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against the hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.
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Re: Semi-colons

Post by lynny » 27 Apr 2019, 07:17

I can't say for certain that I've ever used a semi-colon!
I do use lots of exclamation marks though!!! :lol:

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Re: Semi-colons

Post by kfchugo » 27 Apr 2019, 11:55

The trend these days (especially in business communications) is to largely overlook punctuation. The only exception seems to be the full stop. Its a bit sad, but I suppose the natural evolution of language, with the emphasis being on economy of key strokes and abbreviation where possible. Just look at the language used on texts between the younger generation these days - its a new secret code.

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Re: Semi-colons

Post by Dreamweaver » 27 Apr 2019, 18:55

Yeh Hugo yr not rong. U n me 2 old 4 sum now! :lol:
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Re: Semi-colons

Post by kfchugo » 28 Apr 2019, 12:24

Exactly.....

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Re: Semi-colons

Post by Perrorist » 28 Apr 2019, 20:28

As a professional proofreader -- among other talents -- I use punctuation punctiliously.

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Re: Semi-colons

Post by mavisbramston » 01 May 2019, 22:02

Ok this is going to get me into trouble as always.
I belong to a group called Ban The Apostrophe. Not kidding.
I believe it is redundant.
Ducking for cover.
Let me explain.
Look at this example. David’s toothbrush.
We know we are referring to a toothbrush owned by David.
By removing the apostrophe do you seriously think that it is incoherent.

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Re: Semi-colons

Post by Perrorist » 02 May 2019, 05:58

The dog's owner. The dogs' owner. A world of difference.

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Re: Semi-colons

Post by Dreamweaver » 02 May 2019, 06:57

Also, the dogs home. Does this mean the home of the dog, or of the dogs, or that the dog is home? :lol:
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Post by Dreamweaver » 02 May 2019, 07:06

Reminds me of the necessity for commas. The difference between "Let's eat, Grandma" and "Let's eat Grandma." :lol:
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Re: Semi-colons

Post by Mahalia » 02 May 2019, 21:28

Don't get me started :eek :hitting_wall
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Re: Semi-colons

Post by lynny » 03 May 2019, 09:30

I see this all too often

.....because her's was broken

Or worse still

.....there's was broken :eek

I'm with mavis. We all know what we're on about. Get rid of the apostrophe for those who don't.
(I just used three and understand myself completely :lol: )

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Re: Semi-colons

Post by Dreamweaver » 03 May 2019, 19:52

It is surely important to understand yourself! :icon_biggrin:
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Re: Semi-colons

Post by Perrorist » 04 May 2019, 07:12

Shell be right, Im sure. ☺

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Re: Semi-colons

Post by lynny » 04 May 2019, 11:12

2 rite m8!

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