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Semicolon : : the Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

Watson, Cecelia. Book - 2019 428.23 Wa 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 0 out of 5

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Introduction: love, hate, and semicolons -- Deep history: the birth of the semicolon -- The science of semicolons: American grammar wars -- sexy semicolons -- Loose women and liquor laws: the semicolon wreaks havoc in Boston -- The minutiae of mercy -- Carving semicolons in stone -- Semicolon savants -- Persuasion and pretension: are semicolons for snobs? -- Conclusion: against the rules?
Charts the rise and fall of this infamous punctuation mark, which for years was the trendiest one in the world of letters. But in the nineteenth century, as grammar books became all the rage, the rules of how we use language became both stricter and more confusing, with the semicolon a prime example. Watson reveals how traditional grammer rules make us less successful at communication with each other than we might think. She argues that even the most die-hard grammar fanatics would be better served by tossing the rule books and learning a better way to engage with language.


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New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Year Published: 2019
Description: 213 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Language: English
Format: Book


Russo, Anthony.

English language -- Punctuation.