Thank you. Ive been perusing the written word of several authors,each of whom is a friend of the comma and semi colon. I was then pondering the rules that govern usages of both and was surprised at how several of them seem to use semi colons just for the hell of it;each is a pretty good writer IMHO.
My style manuals seem to ignore semicolons and colons. (
This whole thing started out as a discussion , as I said before, thought density; many whose "thought density" had changed severaly in a short few years show signs of EOD (early onset dementia). Apparently speech and written communication begins to lose complexity as the dementia sets in. (I always thought it was that everyone tends toward more concise writing,but I guess Im wrong.
There was a story on NPR about following several nuns whod been in coistered orders for years;each nun fond of writing to friends and family as mental exercise.In a ratio of about One nun out of three ,whose "density' decreased, (ie slipping away from multi clausal sentences and becoming more like ELmore LEonard in style), became a sufferer of Alzheimers by their early 60's .
Thats when the interest in the punctuation hit us at our breakfast table.
My wife is one of the "equal weighted clauses" girls;she pisses me off with her constant reviewing of anything I write -even after my tech assistant has gone over it well. Then she and I get into these "Discussions" about what a clod I am in punctuation ;to which I usually end up extending a wish unto her; (insert epithet here)