a: Semicolon ~
b: heroine

What: "The (working-class) writer then goes on to expound on the weak character of those writers - not all middle-class - that DO love the semicolon. Writers that succumb to the lure of the semicolon seem to have a hard time to get away from its orbit. The semicolon is like heroine. Some famous 20th century writer supposedly proclaimed on his deathbed that he 'should have used less semicolons'. Virginia Wolfe couldn't kick the habit, and George Bertrand Shaw wrote T.E. Lawrence concerning his use of colons and semicolons, stating that 'you are no more to be trusted with a pen, than a child with a torpedo'."

Writer: tiezemans
Date: Oct 15 2013 8:33 PM

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