Semicolons: Coming to a City Near You!

February 27, 2008 at 1:00 pm 4 comments

This article was hidden in the back of the Metro section in last week’s Times. I immediately fell in love with it and ran to my computer to e-mail it to some of my friends. Then I discovered that it was the #1 most e-mailed article from the Times website at the time I sent it. I don’t know what warms my heart more: the fact that New York City transit used a semicolon correctly, the fact that New Yorkers responded in great number to praise the sign, or the fact that others cared enough to send it to other people who love grammar! There is hope for the future!

Celebrating the Semicolon in a Most Unlikely Location

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Entry filed under: Grammar, New York City, New York Times.

Hello and Welcome! Illiteracy Sucks.

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lauren  |  February 27, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I want to raise my children in a world that cares about semicolons.

    Reply
  • 2. Punonymous  |  February 27, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    People over the age of 50 should get semicolonics every year.

    Reply
  • 3. Matt Brown  |  February 28, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Correction: February 19, 2008

    An article in some editions on Monday about a New York City Transit employee’s deft use of the semicolon in a public service placard was less deft in its punctuation of the title of a book by Lynne Truss, who called the placard a “lovely example” of proper punctuation. The title of the book is “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” — not “Eats Shoots & Leaves.” (The subtitle of Ms. Truss’s book is “The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.”)

    Now that’s funny.

    Reply
  • 4. A Clean Subway? « the media nerd  |  March 25, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    […] Also, on a related note, I finally found the elusive (to me, at least) semi-colon advertisement! […]

    Reply

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