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RULES OF THE SEMICOLON, please

 
 
Lola
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 02:38 am
Oh well, the point is, he died too early from shooting himself. Early onset dementia, here I come. And it's Lola; just call me Lola.
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 03:15 am
@Lola,
OK, Lola . . .

[seamy soundtrack]Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets . . . [/seamy soundtrack]

Damn Yankees . . .
contrex
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 03:28 am
I think writing all those staccato little sentences pickled his brain. There was a story that in 1922 his wife lost all his papers, including the newly completed manuscript of one of his works on a train, and didn't know how to tell him what she'd done. When packing the suitcase, she had, with would be in other circumstances commendable thoroughness, included all the carbon copies and handwritten drafts. The conversation allegedly went a bit like this:

Hadley: Ernest, I've done something awful, and I don't know how to tell you!

Ernest: What did you do?

Hadley: I can't tell you!

Ernest: Did you sleep with a Negro?

Legend has it that his famous clipped style was born as a result of his having to get material ready for publishing quickly as a result of this. It is often said that he used the style guide of the Kansas City Star, where he had been a cub reporter, as his rule book: “Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English.”




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contrex
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 04:07 am
That's

she had, with what would be in other circumstances commendable thoroughness
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 07:25 am
@Mame,
Quote:
And personally, although I abuse a lot of grammar rules (starting a sentence with a conjunction, for example!! Not to mention ending with a preposition, oh well... lol)


This has gotta be tongue in cheek, Mame, 'cause you couldn't possibly be this thick.
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JTT
 
  -1  
Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 07:29 am
@ossobuco,
Quote:
I'm about to start in on a book by David Foster Wallace


Supposed to be an excellent writer, Osso, but he was an a dud when it came to grammar and how English works. Maybe he wasn't so much to blame - he had a mother who abused him grammatically.
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 09:20 am
@Mame,
Its perfectly sane to start a sentence with a conjunction. I always do that .AND ,Im stickin with it.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 09:21 am
@JTT,
I read one page and liked it (oh, nooo, reminded me of myself) but the book got lower in the pile when I bought five new ones from the goodwill shop, all of those also flashing their vanities from the night stand.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 09:23 am
@farmerman,
Quote:
Re: Mame (Post 5240250)
Its perfectly sane to start a sentence with a conjunction. I always do that .AND ,Im stickin with it.


But I would never do that.

And I never will.
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 09:27 am
@Frank Apisa,
see how easy it fits ?

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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jan, 2013 06:24 pm
I use them in place of "and" or "or" and my grammar check function never finds fault with me.
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Lola
 
  0  
Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 01:37 am
@Setanta,
OK Set
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 01:46 am
@Lola,
Lolaessense wrote:
And it's Lola; just call me Lola.
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said: Lola;
L-o-l-a, Lola, lo-lo-lo-lo Lola.
Frank Apisa
 
  1  
Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 08:26 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Avatar not really all that clear, but it does look like Lola!
blatham
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 04:11 pm
@Frank Apisa,
I think you got it right, frank. As a matter of fact, I'm sure of it.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 04:40 pm
@blatham,
Me too.
So cool.
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Lola
 
  1  
Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 05:20 pm
Hi Osso, my good friend; Walter, my darling; Frank, my dear; and Mr. Bernie, of course. It's me ok. I sure wish I could get that "essence" off the end of my name. It's so stupid. But then everything seems a little stupid lately; I'm afraid. But anyway it is little ole me.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 06:15 pm
@Lola,
Hey,

I am near sure you can do that.

Click on the Contact Us at the bottom of the page, and fill in the blanks.
Were it me, I'd address it to Jespah, as she knows you well.

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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 07:32 pm
@Lola,
Good googly woogly...it is so great to see ya, Lola.

Life is good again! Wink
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2013 07:53 pm
@Lola,
Howdy Lola (and Bernard).
 

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