Tuesday, February 19, 2008

punctuation in the news

Readers of this blog might be interested in a NY Times article about a semicolon.

8 comments:

TheJay said...

Heh, that reads almost like an article from The Onion. I like the correction at the bottom.

jimmy said...

My favorite punctuation mark is finally getting some respect. It's about time the semicolon get its day in the sun.

Rebekah said...

"Mr. Berkowitz, by the way, is now serving an even longer sentence."

Love it! Thanks for the link.

nathancontramundi said...

I just want to second rebekah's note; that little parenthetic is some of the best writing I've encountered in contemporary newspapers in a long time.

Jeff said...

I've recently started celebrating and using the semicolon. I love it.

bethany said...

Jeff, I've long been a fan of the correct semicolon. I'd make a blog for that, but it would not be very funny.

Jeff said...

It wouldn't because nobody uses it. I've always been a little bit of a grammar snob, but more just the kind of person who hates "ain't" and the there/they're/their or your/you're stuff. Only in the past 2 or 3 years have I really discovered all the fun little punctuation rules I love to exploit. I've now taken an interest in things like punctuating after the QMs, something I've started doing, or people giving up the Oxford comma, which I really like and will keep using. I love that there's a different name for each usage. Who knew language could be so much fun?

Anonymous said...

surely you meant to say "fun".

kidding.