Semicolon : the past, present, and future of a misunderstood mark

ISBN: 
9780062853059
Author: 
Watson, Cecelia
Publisher: 
Ecco
Edition: 
First Edition
Physical description: 
213 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Publishing date: 
July 30, 2019
Book Description: 

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 example. Watson reveals how traditional grammar rules make us less successful at communication with each other than we might think. She argues that 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.

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