Is blogging a threat to the semicolon?

September 17, 2005

I just finished Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves – a very funny and instructional book about punctuation; I loved this quote about the threat the Internet poses to correct language usage:

“… by tragic historical coincidence a period of abysmal under-educating in literacy has coincided with this unexpected explosion of global self-publishing. Thus people who don’t know their apostrophe from their elbow are positively invited to disseminate their writings to anyone on the planet stupid enough to double-click and scroll.”

So watch your commas, kids! We don’t want to contribute to this descent into literary anarchy any more than we can help it!

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