I am a slapdash/promiscuous user of punctuation; some claim I am irresponsible in my metissage of /’s and ;’s ; others cite me incomprehensible;  yet others believe my work muddy (and I am grateful to all who make me take a second, third, fifteen look at my work.)  Two years back, Don MacKay chastised me gently for lack of punctuation!  And so the punctuation pendulum swings back and forth, back and forth. Here’s an interesting essay on the semicolon. Apparently it’s back (well at least in 1999 when the article was published; perhaps it’s out of fashion again).     I never realized the semicolon was gone in the first place. Secrets of the Semicolon  What punctuatorial secrets have you? 


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