Cecelia Watson on World Semicolon Day

Cecelia Watson joined me for another fascinating discussion of the semicolon's history, usage, and more.

Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read
Episode #767
The Quick And Dirty

The semicolon is a fascinating punctuation mark and even provides inspiration for a suicide prevention group.

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."

Also, as promised, here is the link to Bryan Garner's profile of Lindley Murray and the link to Grammar Girl's Podchaser page.

You can listen to the interview using the player at the top of this page or read a complete rough transcript.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.