The semicolon: half-right is all wrong

Something about the semicolon seems to trip people up. Maybe it’s the shape: the little round head and tail like a snake. I’m not sure. At any rate, here are a few basic examples of when to use the semicolon. Use a semicolon to join two independent clauses not joined with a conjunction, such as:…

The dash — a life lesson

Many of us have heard the touching poem, “The Dash,” about living your life to the fullest. I, however, am going to share some tips, not on how to live your life to the fullest, but how to use the actual dash to the fullest. Three types of dashes will be used in English: the…