Never have I ever been called Contessa before.
Until today. 😊
Here’s how that came about:
I answered some ‘get to know you questions’ on a blog and, being my usual wordy self, I answered all the questions including this one:
Do you have a favorite punctuation mark? I never even thought about it, until today…
I may have held back my modesty a little when I boldly stated that few people know how to use a semicolon correctly (truth, by the way) and therefore choose to simply omit the semicolon all together.
💕 Poor, neglected semicolon 💕
Anyway, you may henceforth refer to me as Contessa of the Semicolon™, a title coined by the em–dash-using Master Kuch™. 😎
(Taking a break from MeanMom™ today.) 😂
Click here to read the source post and go play the “get to know you” game if you so desire.
Now, let’s chat about this little-used or much-abused punctuation, shall we?
Cambridge English Dictionary defines the semicolon like this:
…used in writing between two parts of a sentence, usually when each of the two parts could form grammatical sentences on their own. A semicolon can also separate the things in a list.
To get a less dry, and more descriptive definition, I will refer you to the best book about grammar ever, written by Benjamin Dreyer. His book “Dreyer’s English” is neither stuffy nor boring, but rather whimsical and fun. I’ve written about him before; click here if you want to link to that post. (Bonus: that particular blog post has the worst title I’ve ever come up with.)
Mr. Dryer has, of course, dedicated a section to the semicolon, as one should when one writes a book about grammar. 😛
Here’s his introductory sentence in that section:
I love semicolons like I love pizza; fried pork dumplings; Venice, Italy; and the operas of Puccini.
See what he did there? He made a list and separated the items in the list with semicolons. 😉
He gives other examples (and rules), but you should get his book and read it yourself if you’re interested in semicolons, or other English grammar commentary.*
Anyway, that was fun to write! I was inspired by the source post (linked above) as I was struggling to come up with new content that wasn’t about the usual lock-down/quarantine/family drama I typically moan about on these here pages. So thank you MK for that.
See you in the comments! 🙂
*I get not a penny for mentioning this book to you, nor does Mr. Dreyer know of my existence, and neither does Random House, but I still think you should get this book, even if you borrow it from the library.