I don’t pay much attention to grammar. I stick pretty close to the rules but I don’t mind breaking them once in a while. Sentence fragments don’t bother me. Don’t bother me at all. And punctuation? I don’t obsess about the rules. I try to use punctuation intuitively. It’s more about getting the phrasing right than getting the right thing in the right place. Getting your message across with the written word is more about how it sounds in your head than what it looks like on paper.
I use commas to signify a pause, a period to insert a longer pause, and a semicolon… I don’t use semicolons. I don’t know that I have ever used a semicolon. It’s used to join two sentences, isn’t it? I don’t know. Is it supposed to be a pause that’s longer than a comma but shorter than a period? That seems like splitting hairs to me. I can’t see the use in it.
The semicolon seems like an ambivalent creature to me. It can’t make up it’s mind what it wants to be. ‘I think I’ll pause right here. No maybe I’ll stop and start a new thought. Or maybe I’ll just insert some kind of list. I don’t know. I can’t make up my mind.’
So I won’t be using any semicolons. I don’t want to hurt it’s feelings but really. It’s only a semi, colon.
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