Robert Hampton

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25th February 2008

Semicolonic irrigation
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The Semicolon Appreciation Society; they have T-Shirts!

I quite like the semicolon; it’s surely the most underappreciated punctuation mark of the English language. I propose an immediate semicolon campaign where we try to use it as often as possible.

If you need a guide to semicolon usage, just use this simple aide memoire:

Stronger than a . Weaker than a ,

I got this from a poster which I saw up in a classroom at Shorefields Community Comprehensive school during a visit, aged 10. Why can I remember that when so much else from that time is vague and fuzzy? It’s probably an indicator of my brain’s odd priorities. 😐