The Semicolon Is the Perfect Punctuation for the Digital Age

February 19, 2014

But there is a breed of writer who thrives on the semicolon’s ability to connect disparate ideas, stray thoughts and loose ends…

“For those of us,” Ms. Messud writes, “whose thoughts digress; for whom unexpected juxtapositions are exhilarating rather than tiresome; who aim, if always inadequately, to convey life’s experience in some semblance of its complexity—for such writers, the semi-colon is invaluable.”

Guilty as charged. I love the semicolon almost as much as I love the em dash—and that’s a lot.