Jon Henley in The Guardian: “The end of the line?“
An unlikely row has erupted in France over suggestions that the semicolon’s days are numbered; worse, the growing influence of English is apparently to blame. Jon Henley reports on the uncertain fate of this most subtle and misused of punctuation marks. Aida Edemariam discovers which writers love it – and which would be glad to see it disappear.
As I told Paul, who sent me the link, I have to agree with Jonathan Franzen: “I love a good semicolon, but this sounds like one of those Literature is Dead! stories that the New York Times likes to run.”