First of all, thanks for love, Anon.
The semicolon is one of the most misunderstood, misused, and underappreciated punctuations.
This famous quote from Kurt Vonnegut might have something to do with it:
On the other hand, standardized tests (especially the ACT and SAT) insist that you know how to use a semicolon properly. Many esteemed newspaper editors also endorse the semicolon.
Kurt Vonnegut’s diatribe notwithstanding, let’s examine what a semicolon is and does:
In other words, a semicolon combines two sentences together, and in doing so, connects their ideas more closely.
Therefore, there is one important caveat to consider when using a semicolon as a period:
In other words, a semicolon can prevent this: I’ve seen Katy Perry perform in Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, and San Diego, CA. #CommaOverdose
It is possible to overuse semicolons; combining sentences in close proximity with semicolons can make your writing seem endless; therefore, use semicolons when they’re needed (and effective). #SeeWhatIDidThere
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