Many people have trouble with punctuation. The apostrophe is undoubtedly the most misunderstood and misused of all forms of punctuation (as the image below demonstrates – a rare example of two unnecessary apostrophes in one word!), but the semicolon is probably next. Anna Heyward’s article ‘Ugly, Ugly as a Tick on a Dog’s Belly’ (Meanjin, September 2014) traces the history of the semicolon, concluding (as you’ll have gathered from her title) that the semicolon is ultimately an aesthetic aberration and of little use.
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