A semicolon is a punctuation mark used to connect two thoughts or ideas which are somehow similar. Generally, each thought or idea could be used as its own sentence, but the flow of the work may be interrupted by the short, choppy sentences.
Semicolons are a little archaic and are not necessary in modern writing. Even in formal writing, they may be replaced by a comma or a period. However, if they are used properly, semicolons can add a pleasing continuity to your work.
When reading out loud, we pause for semicolons much the same way we pause for a comma.
I am a heterosexual male who’s married to a woman. On the surface, the passing of Amendment One affects me in only the most tangential of ways. I will not feel a deep, significant impact by this piece of legislation because I happened to be born straight. And because I’m married. And because my…
For all you illiterati out there, this drawing is an illustration of a scene from the Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. Great story.
Harry Clarke is one of my favourite artists - one of the very few that I collect (very lazily; I have two ink drawings and some pencil sketches by him).
None are as scarylovely as this.
Illiterati might buy books more often if they were all edible like this.
It’s to whom, you illiteratus.