Thursday, October 2, 2008

On punctuation

"The semicolon is ugly, ugly as a tick on a dog's belly. I pinch them out of my prose." -Donald Barthelme

5 comments:

olivia said...

I humbly disagree; having just learned the semicolon rules, I love them heartily.

Robin said...

What's your beef with the semicolon? Can you recommend a better method of connecting two closely-related independent clauses not conjoined with a co-ordinating conjunction?

Pancake Lady said...

i like semicolons okay.

sf said...

who really wants a world in which 'It was the best of times; it was the worst of times' no longer exists?

'It was the best of times. It was the worst of times' ? Nonsense.

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'? Even worse, a comma splice!

Miles said...

i love DB's stories, and Kurt Vonnegut too (he had also dissed semicolons at some point). but fuck them; they are so wrong.