Oh, me too, me too! I adore the semicolon! Mr. McIntire must be deluded to eschew such a roundly useful punctuation mark in that offhanded manner. "Real men"! Ha! I scoff! *scoffs*What is more manly than the robust union of ideas without any of that prissy futzing around with conjunctions? A semicolon cuts to the chase; it gets the job done; it makes the author's intent perfectly clear. Real men, it seems to me, would embrace such a straightforward tool of communication, keeping it in their workshops next to their hammers and screwdrivers.
More than you want to know about the "debate" over the semi-colon:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/04/france.britishidentity
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