Has something ever looked so bad while you were writing it that you thoughtlessly popped in a semicolon to try to save it?
I hope not. *Glares*.
No one likes being abused, not even a semicolon. Its father was a period, and its mother was a comma, so it doesn’t even know when it’s being misused sometimes. It is an in between punctuation mark, and it should not be used as a colon or comma. It’s already enough that it has to be a pair of eyes for your winky text face.
A semi-colon should be used to combine two sentences to save a lot of comma splices from occurring.
I love little baby birdies; their cute chirps express the same sentiment to me.
Semi-colons and conjunctions (and, but, if, or) hate each other, so don’t you dare make them play together.
Oh…one more thing. I almost forgot to write about one of the most important uses of the great semicolon! Have you ever wanted to convey to everyone who reads your writing that you have a bachelor’s degree? Simply sprinkle these bad boys in your writing like you’re planting a dense lawn, and you can be confident that your four-year academic journey gets stamped in everyone’s mind!
(It’s ok; sometimes I get carried away, too).