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Surprise! The Semicolon Is Exciting

The semicolon was once so popular writers bemoaned its overuse, and its unintended appearance in a Boston law forced bars to close at 11 p.m. for years. Listen to the interview to learn more about the fascinating history of the semicolon.

By
Mignon Fogarty,
Episode #709
Semicolon, the cover of the book

Today, I have an interview with Cecelia Watson, author of a new book I absolutely loved called “Semicolon: The Past, Present,  and Future of a Misunderstood Mark.” Cecelia also teaches writing and humanities at Bard College in New York. We talked about how grammar writers in the 1800s became fabulously wealthy, struggled to create rules, and had vicious arguments; and we talked about how researching the book changed her approach to teaching writing and a whole bunch more.

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player above or by finding the podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.

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