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Fading Semicolon Should Not Be Forced to Retire

Curtis stated that the semicolon was on its way out of the English language. He wrote that lighter punctuation marks are taking over. I feel differently.

The semicolon is a favorite of mine; I use it all the time. What would the world come to if this solemn mark was abolished? At least give it a fair trial. The semicolon’s zip and zest would be sorely missed if it was lost; but no one even noticed, according to Curtis, proving it is still among us.

I resent the thought that the semicolon “is fading”; in my writing it stands, strong and tall, time and time again. It deserves as much respect as other punctuation, if not more.

SUSAN FALK

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Sixth Grade

The Oakwood School

North Hollywood


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