Friday, May 13, 2011

The Great Semi-Colon Debate by James Scott Bell

The Great Semi-Colon Debate


And you didn't think there was one, did you?

Well, there is. At least I'm declaring it so, here and now.

When it comes to fiction, I think of semi-colons the way I think of eggplant: avoid at all costs. As Kurt Vonnegut once said, "Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college."

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