But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care? In Semicolon, Cecelia Watson charts the rise and fall of this infamous punctuation mark, which for years was the trendiest one in the world of letters.

Author: Cecelia Watson

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062853073

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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A page-turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world’s most polarizing punctuation mark The semicolon. Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it. Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it. But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care? In Semicolon, Cecelia Watson 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 victim. Taking us on a breezy journey through a range of examples—from Milton’s manuscripts to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letters from Birmingham Jail” to Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep—Watson reveals how traditional grammar rules make us less successful at communicating with each other than we’d think. 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. Through her rollicking biography of the semicolon, Watson writes a guide to grammar that explains why we don’t need guides at all, and refocuses our attention on the deepest, most primary value of language: true communication.

Project Semicolon

PROJECT SEMICOLON: YOUR STORY ISN'T OVER. Text copyright © 2017 by Amy Bleuel. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright ...

Author: Amy Bleuel

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062466549

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 352

View: 974


For fans of PostSecret, Humans of New York, and If You Feel Too Much, this collection from suicide-awareness organization Project Semicolon features stories and photos from those struggling with mental illness. Project Semicolon began in 2013 to spread a message of hope: No one struggling with a mental illness is alone; you, too, can survive and live a life filled with joy and love. In support of the project and its message, thousands of people all over the world have gotten semicolon tattoos and shared photos of them, often alongside stories of hardship, growth, and rebirth. Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn't Over reveals dozens of new portraits and stories from people of all ages talking about what they have endured and what they want for their futures. This represents a new step in the movement and a new awareness around those who struggle with mental illness and those who support them. At once heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, and eternally hopeful, this collection tells a story of choice: every day you choose to live and let your story continue on. Learn more about the project at

Learning to Code with CPT HCPCS 2011

The information preceding the semicolon serves as a common stem or root for the information that follows. Each indented code after the root or stem will ...

Author: Thomas Falen

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN: 9780781781206

Category: Medical

Page: 398

View: 791


3rd YEAR - 2011 ANNUAL UPDATE Updated for 2011, this book will be the primary textbook for CPT/HCPCS coding courses for Health Information Management (HIM), Medical Billing Insurance and Coding (MBIC), Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Administration Services (HSA) programs. Using a template similar to our Learning to Code with ICD-9-CM textbook, this book teaches students how to code with CPT/HCPCS using real world medical record examples.

Cracking the ACT

When Do You Use a Semicolon ? Use a semicolon instead of a period to connect two related independent clauses . Identify the two independent clauses in the ...

Author: Geoff Martz

Publisher: The Princeton Review

ISBN: 0375764550

Category: Study Aids

Page: 533

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This study guide includes The Princeton Review Assessment, a full-length diagnostic exam that will predict test takers' approximate scores on both the ACT and the SAT. Four full-length simulated ACT tests are included on CD-ROM.

Improve Your English

THE SEMICOLON IN VERSE The semicolon is much used in the writing of verse – and in verse is included everything from the highest level of true poetry to the ...

Author: J.E. Metcalfe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780716023463

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 943


It's important in our daily lives for us to write clear English which is easily understood. If we get the basics wrong, our words may be misinterpreted and cause confusion. To make sure our written words convey our exact meanings, we need to understand the fundamentals of the English language, such as the parts of speech, how sentences and paragraphs are constructed, and the correct use of punctuation. We also need to spell the words correctly! This indispensable reference guide to the rules and conventions governing written English will help all those who are unsure about whether to use "its" or "it's", or a colon instead of a comma, or how to spell words such as "separate".

The Mechanics of Writing

Some people — maybe most people — develop an aversion to using semicolons, ... put a comma where a semicolon belongs, creating a serious grammatical error.

Author: Dona J. Young

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 9781598588170

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

View: 220


Do Commas Matter? Consider the story about my friends were heir to Uncle Josef's estate. Well, Josef wasn't really anyone's uncle, but that's what everyone called him. Uncle Josef's Last Will and testament read, I leave my entire estate to my dear friends Robert, Rosie, Charley and Sophie. The problem? Robert and Rosie filed a lawsuit staring that Charley and Sophie together were due a third of Uncle Josef's estate. Why? Uncle Josef hadn't placed a comma between Charley and Sophie. The judge agreed. Anyone who ever know uncle Josef has been careful about their pauses ever since. At last! A book on punctuation that is not a mere reference book: rather, this book invites readers on a personal journey... meant to be read cover-to-cover, this book effectively takes he mystery out of punctuation and provides practice on essential writing skills. --Elisabeth Anderson, Writing Instructor, College of DuPage A straight-forward handbook that has been infinitely more useful than any handbook or workbook I've used in college. --Dominie Schiralli, Fine Arts Major, Indiana University Northwest Students who used this method had a much easier time with composition. Because they understood grammar and mechanics, they could focus on building their writing skills. This is a great method producing fantastic results. --Peggy Patlan, Former Director of Education, Fox College The Mechanics of Writing is a manual of basic rules that actually builds writing skills, and my composition students who have used the unique method this book presents sing its praises! --Erika Mikkall, Writing Instructor, Indiana University Northwest

Plain English at Work

General definition of the semicolon The semicolon is more formal than the colon and the dash. Professional writers today tend to use it much less than ...

Author: Edward P. Bailey Jr.

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199880324

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 648


Everyday we write countless memos, letters, and reports without a second thought. Likewise, we give presentations, both formal and informal. Often this writing and speaking gets criticized for being jargon-ridden, obscure, or long-winded--in short, for not being in "plain English." But what is plain English, and how do we go about writing and speaking it? In Plain English at Work, Edward Bailey gives the answer, with down-to-earth tips and practical advice. Bailey, an expert in business communication, gives us a simple model for writing: · Style: write more the way you talk. · Organization: make your point easy to find. · Layout: use headings, lists, and other white space so readers can see the structure of your writing. Psycholinguists, Bailey points out, have proven that the techniques of plain English writing are far easier on your readers; experience has proven that writing in plain English is easier on you--the writer, too. Bailey also gives you a wealth of practical advice for presentations including: · How to remember your talk. · How to design visual aids. · How to design computer presentations. · How to set up the room you'll be speaking in. · How to develop a successful delivery style. Perhaps most impressive are the many detailed tips he gives here. For instance, when using a pointer, hold it in the hand closer to the screen (otherwise, you turn your back on the audience, making it harder to hear you). When designing a visual aid, use at least 28-point type, and seldom use all capital letters (which are harder to read). And when presenting a bar chart during a computer presentation, build it--a bar at a time--to focus your audience's attention. Drawing on two earlier and popular books, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing and A Practical Guide for Business Speaking, this new volume has been significantly updated. It includes up-to-the-minute information on using computers, computer graphics, and typography for your writing, and on using the same technology for designing your presentations. The result is an authoritative and comprehensive single volume that will be the essential guide for everyone wishing to communicate more easily and effectively at work.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers Theses and Dissertations Seventh Edition

21.3 Semicolon A semicolon marks a greater break in the continuity of a sentence than does a comma. Use a semicolon in a compound sentence to separate ...

Author: Kate L. Turabian

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226823385

Category: Reference

Page: 436

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Dewey. Bellow. Strauss. Friedman. The University of Chicago has been the home of some of the most important thinkers of the modern age. But perhaps no name has been spoken with more respect than Turabian. The dissertation secretary at Chicago for decades, Kate Turabian literally wrote the book on the successful completion and submission of the student paper. Her Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, created from her years of experience with research projects across all fields, has sold more than seven million copies since it was first published in 1937. Now, with this seventh edition, Turabian’s Manual has undergone its most extensive revision, ensuring that it will remain the most valuable handbook for writers at every level—from first-year undergraduates, to dissertation writers apprehensively submitting final manuscripts, to senior scholars who may be old hands at research and writing but less familiar with new media citation styles. Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the late Wayne C. Booth—the gifted team behind The Craft of Research—and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff combined their wide-ranging expertise to remake this classic resource. They preserve Turabian’s clear and practical advice while fully embracing the new modes of research, writing, and source citation brought about by the age of the Internet. Booth, Colomb, and Williams significantly expand the scope of previous editions by creating a guide, generous in length and tone, to the art of research and writing. Growing out of the authors’ best-selling Craft of Research, this new section provides students with an overview of every step of the research and writing process, from formulating the right questions to reading critically to building arguments and revising drafts. This leads naturally to the second part of the Manual for Writers, which offers an authoritative overview of citation practices in scholarly writing, as well as detailed information on the two main citation styles (“notes-bibliography” and “author-date”). This section has been fully revised to reflect the recommendations of the fifteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and to present an expanded array of source types and updated examples, including guidance on citing electronic sources. The final section of the book treats issues of style—the details that go into making a strong paper. Here writers will find advice on a wide range of topics, including punctuation, table formatting, and use of quotations. The appendix draws together everything writers need to know about formatting research papers, theses, and dissertations and preparing them for submission. This material has been thoroughly vetted by dissertation officials at colleges and universities across the country. This seventh edition of Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is a classic reference revised for a new age. It is tailored to a new generation of writers using tools its original author could not have imagined—while retaining the clarity and authority that generations of scholars have come to associate with the name Turabian.

Frank Harrison s Shorthand Weekly

“ Just now he felt hungry semicolon thanks to youth and good health his appetite never deserted him period So Adolphus went forward into the diningcar to ...




Category: Shorthand


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Bursts of Steele

Don't Fear The Semicolon; Love The Semicolon I think I gave more than one junior high teacher and at least one high school teacher a rash by asking about ...

Author: David J. Steele


ISBN: 9781105632822



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A Text book on Penmanship

The word SEMICOLON means half a limb or member . RULE .-— When the connection between members is close ; or a connective is written ; or in long sentences ...

Author: Henry William Ellsworth


ISBN: MINN:31951002430072Q

Category: English language

Page: 232

View: 691


Speaking in Styles

To add multiple declarations to your rule, separate each by a semicolon. You can have one, two, ten, one hundred, or however many declarations you want in a ...

Author: Jason Cranford Teague

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0132104393

Category: Computers

Page: 360

View: 727


Speaking in Styles aims to help Web designers learn the "language" that will be used to take their vision from the static comp to the live Internet. Many designers think that CSS is code, and that it's too hard to learn. Jason takes an approach to CSS that breaks it down around common design tasks and helps the reader learn that they already think in styles--they just need to learn to speak the language. Jason helps Web designers find their voice, walks them through the grammar of CSS, shows them how to write their design specs in CSS, and how to prepare it for screen, printer or handheld devices. Along the way designers will learn to optimize their code, make it accessible, optimize for search engines, mix it up with Flash, and more.

Misused Words and Then Some

Another common use for semicolons is to clarify and separate a list. ... When Not To Use Semicolons A semicolon should not be used in place of a colon.

Author: Giacomo Giammatteo

Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781940313733

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 228

View: 122


This is the final book in the No Mistakes Grammar series, so be prepared to learn. We cover a lot of territory in this book. Things like: count nouns (data and media), linking verbs, comma usage, hyphenation, sayings and proverbs, appositives, more mispronunciations, words from other languages, and more. There should be enough in here to keep you busy for a while. And I guarantee it will improve your grammar in an easy-to-understand style.

Sanitary and Heating Age

CO . , way semicolon to them it was the most 8 Milton St. , Geneva , N. Y. delightful thing they had ever heard of period paragraph “ Quote Adolphus scare ...



ISBN: UOM:39015080391520

Category: Heating


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This book revolves around the semicolon moments experienced in real life. It's a perfect blend of love, life, struggles (big or small), absolutely non-fictitious - it's as real as it gets.

Author: Manasi Manchanda


ISBN: 178830036X


Page: 154

View: 884


A semicolon is used to make a break stronger than a comma but not a final dead end like a full stop. In life we are faced with arduous circumstances, compelling us to give up, to use a full stop and end it all, but instead we choose to fight the circumstances to beat the odds and emerge as a survivor. This book revolves around the semicolon moments experienced in real life. It's a perfect blend of love, life, struggles (big or small), absolutely non-fictitious - it's as real as it gets. Whether you are a teenager, a young adult or older, suffering with low marks, body image issues, career, first love, last heartbreak, loss of a loved one or regaining happiness, it has something for everyone. Nothing is worth your putting a full stop to this magnificent journey of your life you had been writing so sincerely for so long.


In this warm, funny, enlightening and thoroughly original book, Cecelia Watson takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the surprising history of the semicolon and explores the remarkable power it can wield, if only we would stop being afraid of ...

Author: Cecelia Watson

Publisher: Fourth Estate

ISBN: 000829156X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 434


A biography of a much misunderstood punctuation mark and a call to arms in favour of clear expression and against stifling grammar rules. Cecelia Watson used to be obsessive about grammar rules. But then she began teaching. And that was when she realised that strict rules aren't always the best way of teaching people how to make words say what they want them to; that they are even, sometimes, best ignored. One punctuation mark encapsulates this thorny issue more clearly than any other. The semicolon. Hated by Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut and Orwell, and loved by Herman Melville, Henry James and Rebecca Solnit, it is the most divisive punctuation mark in the English language, and many are too scared to go near it. But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care? In this warm, funny, enlightening and thoroughly original book, Cecelia Watson takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the surprising history of the semicolon and explores the remarkable power it can wield, if only we would stop being afraid of it. Forget the rules; you're in charge. It's time to make language do what you want it to.