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!”


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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