‘The Semicolon’s Breezy Informality’

Matthew Kassel, writing for The New York Observer:

A period could very well have worked there, but as Ben Crair observes in the New Republic, they often seem too severe; and exclamation points, the kudzu of punctuation in the digital age, might make you feel like an overenthusiastic phony. But the semicolon’s breezy informality, for me, captures the unstructured, colloquial nature of digital correspondence more so than any other punctuation mark out there.

(Via Felix Salmon.)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014