The semicolon in the spotlight

If you think that we who care about grammar, usage and punctuation matters are always in the minority, take a look at this. About 6:50 this morning, the top e-mailed story on the New York Times was a short one Sunday, about the proper use of a semicolon on a placard in the subway. Look at the list.


A story about punctuation was beating coverage of the presidential campaign! And it was No. 6 on the list of stories most often blogged.


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