[Ads-l] The NYT: comma > semi-colon

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 7 09:13:56 UTC 2016

On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 6:37 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>

> As an easy-to-find starter, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma: <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma:> "If the individual items of a list
> are long, complex, affixed with description, or themselves contain commas,
> semicolons may be preferred as separators, and the list may be introduced
> with a colon."

Will this be on the final?

Does this meet the - or should that be _a_ - standard?

"Anyone writing in English can use any style of several prescribed styles
of punctuation that he pleases."

The point of my post was not that that use of semi-colons was; in any
sense; "wrong"; but only that it was different from what was formerly -
and; for some writers; still is - the "standard" usage in the years
1950-1954; when I spent four years studying a subject called; simply;
"English Grammar."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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