Thursday, April 12, 2007

'Do not use semicolons... All they do is show you've been to college.'

Kurt Vonnegut has died. Thanks to Eric Johnson for forcing me to read him.

4 comments:

eric said...

I do what I can; you probably would have discovered him eventually though.

DaviMack said...

"The semicolon tells you that there is still some question about the preceding full sentence; something needs to be added.... The period tells you that that is that; if you didn't get all the meaning you wanted or expected, anyway you got all the writer intended to parcel out and now you have to move along. But with the semicolon there you get a pleasant feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; read on; it will get clearer."
- Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail, 1979

a. fortis said...

That is a great quote, D. I'm a chronic semicolon addict myself--and it started way before college, sad to say (but that's what happens when your mother is an English teacher..)

DaviMack said...

I use that quote as my email signature, when I'm feeling like the world is just plain illiterate ... which is to say, quite often.