My favorite rant

Just came across this one from May of this year: “To adapt Fred DeCoursey’s description of lake flies, semi-colons are a stupid species of punctuation, their existence is pointless, and they’re so dumb they don’t move when you go to swat them.

People either use them wrong or use them too much, even though you can always get along without them. To paraphrase another old saw, when you’re a semi-colon, everything looks like two closely related independent clauses (sometimes joined with a conjunctive adverb), or like a series of long phrases or clauses containing internal punctuation. Like guns, semi-colons should be kept under lock and key, lest someone get hurt.”


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