In a former life, I used to have to make written sense out of spoken words. Humans do not speak as neatly as they write. They restart sentences, interrupt themselves (and others), and generally do their very best to make their attempted communication very hard to read. It works when you’re listening to them, but reading it in transcript format is a very different story.
Therefore, I have had to learn to make creative and judicious use of many types of punctuation, in order that I might bring order to verbal chaos. I feel that it’s contributed something of a conversational style to my writing as well – there are dashes, semicolons, parentheticals, and other devices which go sadly unused by a large majority of the English-speaking population. It also enables me to craft gargantuan sentences with the express purpose of making people’s heads asplode.
I know the rules for semicolons and their ilk; however, I refuse to be so strictly bound by regulation and convention! SEMICOLONS EVERYWHERE2 days ago