Don't fear the semicolon

07/23/2012 | New Yorker, The

British writers deploy semicolons with a self-assuredness born of their grounding in the classics; Americans, by contrast, tend to shy away from the problematic punctuation mark, writes Mary Norris. Still, the semicolon can introduce subtle new shades of meaning into a text, so it's worth learning how to use it well, Norris writes.

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