Celebrate! It’s National Punctuation Day!
Yes I’m a geek, and yes I have a favorite: the semi-colon. I was always afraid of them until recently, never knowing how to use them so just avoiding it altogether. After all, it’s not a necessary punctuation, like a question mark or a period, but I’ve come to love it. It’s a wink of a break, a stop but not a full-out period.
Amber and I were discussing National Punctuation Day at dinner yesterday and I mentioned that the semi-colon was my favorite, and she tried to make me pick another. The semi-colon actually happens to be her favorite too. She likes the way “semi-colon” sounds apparently.
“Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semi-colon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.” -Lewis Thomas
So, what’s your favorite punctuation?