Dashes, Colons, Semicolons

via The Writing Center at Chapel Hill:

Dashes add drama—parentheses whisper.

So useful.

I’m not the most grammatically-precise person out there; in fact, I never really learned how (and if I did I forgot).

I use dashes, colons, semicolons, and pretty much all types of punctuation interchangeably—it’s not because I’m trying to be creative, rather, I’ve never really practiced nor do I care as much as I probably should.

If it sounds (approximately) “right” in my head, then, that’s how I type it out—for better or for worse. My wife thinks I “get away with grammatical-murder” and she wouldn’t be wrong.

One of my favorite words is irreverent; and irreverence is how I feel about all things grammar. Maybe one day I’ll grow up.

Semi-colon or dash? Thanks stackexchange for a few examples:

  • My aunt had hairy knuckles; she loved to wash and comb them.
  • My aunt had hairy knuckles — she suffered from hirsutism.
  • When dinosaurs agree on something, they’ll often high-five one another; dinosaurs are all about high-fives.
  • When dinosaurs agree on something, they’ll often high-five one another — they cannot talk and have to resort to gestures.
  • I gnaw on old car tires; it strengthens my jaw so I’ll be better conditioned for bear combat.
  • I gnaw on old car tires — to strengthen my jaw so I’ll be better conditioned for bear combat.

I’m all about high-fives.

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