How To Use A Semicolon

Submitted by: littlemissqt 7 years ago in Misc
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon

The most feared punctuation on earth! Print this illustrated graph out and keep it on you at all times.
There are 41 comments:
Female 356
I bought the poster!!!
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Male 25,416
; <----- inappproptiate use of a semi colon :)
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Female 115
Wow, how informative. :D
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Female 1,593
And here I am thinking that all semicolons are good for are winky faces ;>
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Male 189
I think I can use a semicolon now; but I cant.
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Male 2,579
The oatmeal should be teaching in schools.
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Male 256
I`ve learned a lot today; this will be useful for ENG201 tomorrow.
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Male 256
THANK GOD!
the worst punctuation ever, i cant even pen it correctly it always looks like a j
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Female 1,283
Did anyone else skip the text and look at the illustrations lol?
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Female 612
Oh, semicolon, thou art the most tricksy of all the punctuation.
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Male 316
Fun way to educate people. They need one for the use of a comma.
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Female 2,044
Man I love The Oatmeal.
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Male 38,352
Meh, I knew all that; eh?
(funny though!)
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Female 4,447
Educational AND entertaining. I love The Oatmeal.
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Male 563
THANK YOU
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Male 8,302
There is only one correct way to use a semi-colon - like this: ; - )
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Male 97
got bored about a 1/3 down and just started reading the funny pictures
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Male 894
what an awesome grammatical refreshment that i havent needed since i flunked out of college to go sell drugs :)
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Male 373
dakkar, i for one support the semi-colon; it`s much more grammatically correct.

for the next subject, the Oxford comma . . . .

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Male 9,306
Hmmm...I`m still confused. :(
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Male 1,091
Hmm that Godzilla statement sounds just like a photo-comic I made one summer day when I was bored; I wonder if the Oatmeal saw it...
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Male 5,314
i found all of the other little things one the bottom of the page to be much more interesting.
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Male 1,254
I support a grammatical genocide of the semicolon. It can be easily replaced by a period.
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Male 54
@gorgack2000:
And that`s why TheOatmeal brings them to us =D
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Male 339
It is my opinion that semi-colons make you sound overly pretentious and snooty, furthermore it imbues the writer with a false sense of superiority; instead we should just speak like normal people.

They also have a tendency to create heavily embellished and frivolous sentences with a convoluted stream of consciousness, causing one to lose the attention of or confuse the reader; as demonstrated in the previous sentence.

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Male 15,832
"With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semi-colon; it`s a very useful little chap."

-Abraham Lincoln

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Male 4,680
I wish I had dinosaurs and bears teaching me puncuation in school :(
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Female 460
That was very informative, but also quite disturbing; I learned that I should only kiss a diseased rat on its rear end.
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Female 635
I rarely use semiclons; I find I rarely have a need for them.
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Female 331
I think lemmingboy15 is joking.


I hope.

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Male 690
That is, if you are a complete moron; otherwise, you should have learned all this in Elementary School.
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Male 287
@Lemmingboy

That`s not how you use a semicolon correctly.

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Female 697
Finally someone explains it!
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Male 1,108
vv No; you don`t.
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Male 633
psh i learned how to use semicolons in the 5th grade; and i use them perfectly ;)
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Male 4,547
This is awesome; I learnt something new.
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Male 4,807
Geez and I thought it was just to make a winky face ;-)
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Male 1,108
This was a good post; I like cheese.
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Male 2,440
Any good English teacher should buy this poster and place it in the classroom; students would really benefit from it. :D
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Female 986
Hehe. Got to love Oatmeal. :) I like his post on how a web design goes straight to hell.
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Female 1,338
Link: How To Use A Semicolon [Rate Link] - The most feared punctuation on earth! Print this illustrated graph out and keep it on you at all times.
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