Cecelia Watson joined me for another fascinating discussion of the semicolon's history, usage, and more.
Today is World Semicolon Day, which encourages people to continue living when they are considering suicide. According to Project Semicolon, "a semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.” We think that is a beautiful sentiment and that today is also a good time to talk about the semicolon in general.
Cecelia Watson, author of “Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark,” joined me today to talk all things semicolons, including her new semicolon discoveries in "Mrs. Dalloway" and an astonishing book from the 1800s titled "The Grammar of the English Language Truly Made Easy by the Invention of 300 Movable Parts of Speech."
You can listen to the interview using the player at the top of this page or read a complete rough transcript.