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Semicolon : the past, present, and future of a misunderstood mark / Cecelia Watson.

Watson, Cecelia, (author.).
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  • 3 of 7 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Bloomfield Main 428.23 WAT (Text) 36803001096911 NONFIC Available -
Eckhart PL - Auburn Plaza 428.2 WAT (Text) 840191002732933 Auburn Plaza - New Adult Nonfiction In transit -
Greenwood PL - Greenwood 428.23 WAT (Text) 36626104071378 2nd Floor New Adult In process -
Lebanon PL - Lebanon 428.23 WATSON (Text) 34330513372202 Adult - New Non-Fiction Checked out 08/30/2019
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 428.23 Watson (Text) 31208913130334 new non-fiction Checked out 09/07/2019
Starke Co PL - Schricker Main Library (Knox) 428.23 WAT (Text) 30032010760921 NEW ADULT Reshelving -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial 428.23 WATSON (Text) 33946003563082 New Books . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062853059
  • ISBN: 0062853058
  • Physical Description: 213 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: love, hate, and semicolons -- Deep history: the birth of the semicolon -- The science of semicolons: American grammar wars -- sexy semicolons -- Loose women and liquor laws: the semicolon wreaks havoc in Boston -- The minutiae of mercy -- Carving semicolons in stone -- Semicolon savants -- Persuasion and pretension: are semicolons for snobs? -- Conclusion: against the rules?
Summary, etc.:
Charts the rise and fall of this infamous punctuation mark, which for years was the trendiest one in the world of letters. But in the nineteenth century, as grammar books became all the rage, the rules of how we use language became both stricter and more confusing, with the semicolon a prime example. Watson reveals how traditional grammar rules make us less successful at communication with each other than we might think. She argues that even the most die-hard grammar fanatics would be better served by tossing the rule books and learning a better way to engage with language.
Subject: English language > Punctuation.

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