Do Not Abuse the Semicolon

Bumper sticker spotted this evening:

Life Is Fragile;
Handle With Prayer

I came home immediately and made my own "Do not besmirch the semicolon!" bumper sticker. (Well, I would have if I still had access to a bumper sticker machine–those were the days!)

5 Responses to “Do Not Abuse the Semicolon”

  1. Chris McLaren

    Do not taunt happy fun semicolon.

  2. F. Brett Cox

    Hate to go all English teacher on you (the fact that I’m 90 minutes away from my first department meeting of the year may have something to do with it) but the bumper sticker you quote seems correctly punctuated to me. Or do you feel it’s hyper-correct?–Brett

  3. Gwenda

    If you’re going to use a semicolon, you have to use a period. And it’s silly to use either in this context. Notice I didn’t say the semicolon was used incorrectly; I implied it was being abused. It’s gratuitous!

  4. La Gringa

    I would have to agree with Gwenda on both counts.

  5. F. Brett Cox

    Thanks for the clarification. I take your point.

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