Thursday, October 4, 2012

Kurt Vonnegut says...

'Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college. And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding. For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.'

-Kurt Vonnegut (A Man Without a Country, Kurt Vonnegut, 2005)

Note: Even before I read this book, I had a grudge against semicolons, I never use them. I feel like a period or a comma can get the job done in any situation. It's nice to know that one of the most clever authors of all time feels the same way. I once texted this quote to a fellow English Major, Wayne Mugsby, and it upset him so much so that he'll never read Vonnegut or even discuss his stories. Vonnegut has written controversial satire about war, religion, politics, you name it. But it's his stance on semicolons that turned my friend off. What a world.

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