My Dear Semicolon:

I wrote this for Spontaneous Whimsy; it’s equally at home on Socrates Underground.

Spontaneous Whimsy

Today’s Daily Post’s writing prompt: “By the Dots” was practically designed for the English teacher in me!

“We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!”

semi-colon

My Dear Semicolon,

As an English teacher, writer, and aficionado of language in general, I’d be lost without all of you, my dear marks of punctuation; I savor the subtle differences you tiny marks make in my writing. I try to love you all equally; however, I find that you, my dear oft misunderstood semicolon, have a special place in my heart; who else can do the heavy work of a period–you deftly hold two distinct sentences apart–while still showing the close relationship between the thoughts therein? I could never get along without you; you’ve the…

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