Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Secure the Semicolon
This story made me smile, and at the end there is reason to laugh. The New York Times ran an item about a placard in the city's subway system that -- Good God! -- properly uses a semicolon! Indeed, it's amazing enough that a semicolon was used at all.
But the story talks about more than this solitary, subway semicolon. It also alludes to the school where the city marketing guy and closet semicolon expert learned the finer points of grammar. The article also includes numerous quotes about semicolons for anyone who enjoys that type of thing. (My favorite is Kurt Vonnegut's comment.)
Yet, the "capper" comes at the bottom. Appended to the article is a correction. In referencing Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves, the journalist deleted the comma from the title.
I'm a geek.