Monday, February 18, 2008

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The New York Times has a fun (and brief) article today about semicolons. Apparently there's a subway ad that features one, and it's generated several appreciative responses from various authors and scholars. Ironically enough, the article itself had only one semicolon. Perhaps this is why: "In literature and journalism, not to mention in advertising, the semicolon has been largely jettisoned as a pretentious anachronism." Ignoring the fact that the words "pretentious anachronism" are a bit of a pretentious anachronism in and of themselves, I couldn't agree with the basic sentiment more. Spokane Spokesman Review and Dartmouth Free Press editors always seem to find giddines and joy in massacring my semicolons, and it hurts me so much; they are my faithful companions, the Chewbaccas to my Han Solo. (Thanks to my friend Rob for sending the article my way.)

BTW, I failed to mention it at the time, but Saturday's post about Springsteen was my 250th, a nice round number. Woohoo.

Oh, and one other thing today - I am almost 21. This means that Ronald Reagan is history, not politics or current events. As far as I'm concerned, Jay Leno has always been the host of the Tonight Show. Duck-and-cover is a hunting term. Yup, it's that time of year again: happy birthday, Dad! ;)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would have to say that our policy is quite different.

The Review—crusading for the rights of pretentious anachronisms since 1980.

—A.S.

Nathan Empsall said...

Hey, I never said there was anything wrong with anachronisms! :)