August 24th, 2007
|09:49 am - Comma Comma Comma Comma Comma Chameleon|
Does anyone else get that itch to post if you haven't posted in a few days? It's probably directly related to the amount of comments you're getting.
Also, it's Friday, which means it's Friday fun time. Here are some high-larious links from CollegeHumor.com for you:
Minesweeper: The Movie: What's fucking awesome about this is it almost feels like it could be a real movie. And the tagline rules. As does most everything else about it.
Facebook Off: Cute idea and very topical!
Internet Commenter Business Meeting: A must-see for anyone who has commented on the Internet.
I am currently doing an AMWA workshop called Punctuation for Clarity and Style. It inspired this poll.
What is your favorite punctuation mark?
What is J.K. Rowling's new favorite punctuation mark?
Feel free to explain your choice in a properly punctuated essay.
Current Mood: nerdy
Current Music: Rammstein - Reise, Reise
I had such a hard time choosing between the colon and semicolon. I went with the semicolon because I find it more useful, but now I regret my decision because I see no one's chosen the colon, and that's so sad. There's a beautiful, subtle art to skillfully using the colon that I hope to one day master.
Yeah, I had a tough choice too. I mean, I really love, like you said, the beautiful, subtle art of skillfully using the colon, and the semicolon is so underused yet so lovely at separating independent clauses while still keeping them related, but I felt the need to stay true to my icon and, besides, look at how many fucking commas I've used in this one sentence alone. Commas are what gives a sentence its flow, allows it to become something more than just a string of words; the semicolon allows you to deftly shift focus, but the comma is what lets you keep going through the silence: it carves empty space into language.
Also...I love ellipses, too.
(P.S. If you truly regret your choice, you can change your answer
What elevates the semicolon above the comma and the colon for me is the fact that it has a second, completely separate use that's very...useful. I appreciate the way it can break up comma-containing items in a series.
That is a pretty awesome use, I agree.