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Thread #104248   Message #2144101
Posted By: Slag
08-Sep-07 - 02:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: What are the absolutes of good writing?
Subject: RE: BS: What are the absolutes of good writing?
OK. Here's the deal on colons or semi-colons. A colon is used for "eyes wide open" as in :) or :0 or even :Q. < (that's a period, not a dot). And, of course a semi-colon is not to be taken seriously ;). It's so simple...

Actually the colon says "Note what follows" and the semi-colon says "Such as...".

Its interesting to me to observe who has posted to this thread and how often. Good writers all, I'd say.

Question: If a comma links a related series of words or short phrases, isn't it redundant to put a comma before the "and" in the penultimate item? For example, "-----, -----, -----, and -----." I believe the correct punctuation should be "-----, -----, ----- and -----." Any thoughts on that one?

Also (I should note in passing) LH seems to like to get the last word in. There's nothing wrong with that but don't get too comfortable LH. I gotta feeling that when ALL is said and done, it will be Chongo writing your obit!