posted by April 4 at 14:16 PMon
Is the semicolon at an end? I generally try to avoid them, but mainly because I was at an impressionable age when I read Kurt Vonnegut’s take on the semicolon:
If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be a homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts. But do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites, standing for absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.
I think that semicolons do have a use, but I don’t know if I can express exactly what that use is; maybe like a connected thought that veers off at ninety degrees? I don’t know if I’d miss them if they suddenly went extinct, though.