Monday, October 2, 2006

Nostalgia for “Mr. Language Person”

Remember Dave Barry’s syndicated columns from the Miami Herald—especially those by “Mr. Language Person”? Here’s his Q & A about semi-colons, originally published in the Herald on December 13, 1992:

Q: What is the purpose of the semicolon?
A: It can be used to either (1) separate two independent clauses, or (2) indicate an insect attack.

(1) ''Well, I'm a clause that certainly doesn't need any help!''; ''Me either!''
(2) ''Be careful not to bump into that ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; AIEEEEEEE!''

Don’t ask why the ; is on my mind right now!


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I have always enjoyed the joke that you should use a semicolon when you didn't have enough money in your writing budget to pay for a complete colon.

Posted by: Mark E. Wojcik | Oct 3, 2006 4:59:21 AM

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