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Show Of Hands June 3rd, 2014 12:40am

Do you use semicolons in your writing?

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06/05/14 6:46 pm

Yes;I;use;semicolons;all;the;time; :)

Swarley utah
06/04/14 8:20 pm

in almost all instances, a period would work just fine. you may have to structure the sentence a little differently and the thought would flow more smoothly.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/04/14 7:56 pm

They also separate lists of phrases, particularly when commas are needed within them (otherwise use a comma to make the list).

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/04/14 7:57 pm

Get the following items: eggs, milk, bread

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/04/14 7:58 pm

The branches of government are: Executive, which executes the law; Judicial, which considers the law; Congress, which creates the law.

ladyniner81 extremists are a cancer
06/04/14 7:36 pm

My grammar/punctuation is so bad, I wouldn't know how to use a semicolon if it bit me in the buttocks

ProfDG I Want Truth
06/04/14 9:32 am

I use them when appropriate. I have students who overuse them, though.

myfriendemily Will probably upset you
06/03/14 8:39 pm

I don't understand; how to use; semicolons?

superlooper Washington D.C.
06/03/14 5:19 pm

I'm in high school and I use them in my formal essays, but nothing else

06/03/14 3:55 pm

Oh yeah. I learned how to properly use them in high school and they've been my best friend ever since.

LucentInsanity Seattle
06/03/14 12:41 pm

It's my second favorite punctuation after the interrobang: ‽.

DrDollylonglegs in the lab... again
06/03/14 10:33 pm

All hail the mighty interrobang!

LucentInsanity Seattle
06/12/14 9:26 pm

Google search "interrobang" and copy & paste it into your keyboard shortcuts.

DrDollylonglegs in the lab... again
06/03/14 12:00 pm

I use semicolons only when a semicolon is necessary; indiscriminate use of semicolons is unseemly.

jrrob CT
06/03/14 10:16 am

I use semi colons, when I write, but I'm not sure I use them correctly. I do it cuz all the cool kids do it.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/03/14 8:53 am

What do you call a man who just had surgery for colon cancer?

A semicolon.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/03/14 8:52 am

I will often use a semicolon; it's a lot of fun.

WhoAreYou Up In The Trees
06/03/14 8:38 am

I ; do. I use them; all the time. Too much; maybe. Inappropriately even; at times.

benseth 11,780 votes
06/03/14 7:41 am

Really? The link goes to a dead man's twitter post? Albeit a brilliant dead man.

akrealist a log cabin in the woods
06/03/14 7:24 am

I use semicolons every day in my writing; without them, I would be a "conjunction abuser".

eLucidate writing
06/03/14 6:11 am

Only to spite Vonnegut.

ZaQ777 Pittsburgh
06/03/14 5:17 am

Only when I'm writing Java or C++.

rondo1 Colorado
06/02/14 9:30 pm

Only as part of a wink ;-)

Irrelevant United States
06/02/14 9:28 pm

Yes, I do. I use it more than other people. It's a pretty useful mark if I have two very closely related sentences

HCCrusader Boston
06/02/14 8:11 pm

After reading The World According to Garp I have found that I use them a lot more.

jenkp223 Being a mommy
06/02/14 8:00 pm

My high school English teacher told me that English professors were impressed by a person who could use semicolons correctly in writing. While I later learned that was crap, I still did it.

SticksandStones Stop fearmongering
06/02/14 7:46 pm

Yes, because I use proper grammar.

gonzoboy Northern AZ
06/02/14 7:41 pm

I use semicolons so rarely, that I can say "No" in good conscience... ;)

kermie gaytopia
06/02/14 7:19 pm

I love Vonnegut; I also use semicolons.

getupbaby South City
06/03/14 5:27 am

This was funny; so it goes.

cpaswr just say the letters
06/02/14 7:07 pm

Other than using semicolons in school, I don't think I've used one since.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
06/02/14 6:57 pm

Contrary to Kurt Vonnegut's tweet, I learned to properly use a semicolon in middle school; thank you to Ms. Crysel.

Ivyra Earth
06/02/14 6:54 pm

I am quite fond of semicolons, as well as commas.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
06/02/14 6:53 pm

I do not often use semicolons; sometimes I use them to separate independent clauses.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
06/02/14 6:41 pm

Fucking Democrats...

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
06/02/14 7:01 pm

I always find it funny when ppl on here give shit to the Democrats just bc, as if Republican shit doesn't stink equally as bad. I thought it would be funny to do it on a poll that could not possibly have less to do with Politics.

barrelrider Minnesota
06/02/14 8:04 pm

They are about the same in the results.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
06/03/14 12:18 am

Yea thats the point, it would be completely irrational to blame one party over the other in a poll void of politics, but both sides do it on here all the time.

suppressedID destiny is right now
06/02/14 6:36 pm


Mostly out of pity.

dudley northern Virginia woods
06/02/14 6:17 pm

Maybe once or twice a year. It's like the little toe , becoming useless.

Ivyra Earth
06/02/14 6:55 pm

Definitely not useless. I use it a lot in my writing, it's a wonderful tool of grammar to utilize. I quite enjoy all types of punctuation.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/02/14 6:12 pm

I do, sometimes even appropriately.

melders Entertainment Sometimes
06/02/14 6:05 pm

As a programmer, only about 1000 times a day.

But I use them in regular writing all the time too because they're awesome.

Plus, my right pinky is freakishly strong from programming. No need to let my skills go to waste!

whitepuppy Happy Birthday
06/02/14 6:02 pm

Semi-colons are underrated. They are necessary to good writing.

Liberatheist Mustafar
06/02/14 5:57 pm

Yes but not often

Maj Worth Economist
06/02/14 5:57 pm

Vonnegut clearly has never been a SoH user. There are so many times when the best way to save space is cut the conjunction & turn the comma into a semi colon. In the modern world, every character counts; punctuation is even more important than ever!

MachoMatt84 Climbing Mountains
06/02/14 6:27 pm

What you did there; I see.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/02/14 5:52 pm

Of course. They're necessary if you have any complex thoughts.

MachoMatt84 Climbing Mountains
06/02/14 5:54 pm

Time for semicolon Saturday?

imanag My heaven on Earth
06/02/14 6:16 pm

Well Tom? What do you think? It could be like pin the semi-colon to the sentence.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/02/14 6:22 pm

I've certainly been wanting to do something like maybe Punctuation Pthursdays. I'll work on it. My allergies are giving me runny eyes right now.

fracy A deeper shade of blue.
06/02/14 5:44 pm

It's a really underused punctuation mark.

06/02/14 6:23 pm

Overused; incorrectly

OhTheIrony Learning from you
06/02/14 5:43 pm

RIP Kurt Vonnegut

One of the greatest writers of our time.