Occasionally I will use agency time to conduct personal business.
For me, it's definitely--wait for it--the mighty em dash. Or, as I like to call it, the über comma.Care to guess my favorite diacritical mark?
I am Joe’s semi-colon.
Um...laut?Ha! Pronunciation mark humor -- rich! Seriously though I am in awe of anyone who has a favorite diacritical mark and anyone who can work the oft-ignored semicolon into a joke. Well done, gentlemen!Also, I commend Mr. Middlebrow for correctly using no spaces around the em dash. I myself never get this right. But: I quit my very first job in advertising because the agency owner wanted to remove em dashes from an ad. Some beliefs are simply worth standing up for.
Irene,After reading this:I quit my very first job in advertising because the agency owner wanted to remove em dashes from an ad. I have just one question: Will you marry me? Either way, you've just transformed me from casual NB reader to borderline stalker. :^)Also, not to take anything away from MTLB, but I think working a semicolon into a joke might actually be easier than using it in a sentence.
I would be honored to be your bride. Think how crisply written and accurately punctuated our banns will be! Oh, I'm weeping right now just imagining it.Or, if that's rushing things, we can do the borderline stalking thing. I'm open-minded.
Know what? I have to be honest: I can’t remember the last time I used a semi-colon in a sentence. I’m more of an em or en dash guy. [Brackets if I’m feeling randy.]
Irene:Thanks for accepting my proposal--and teaching me a new word! Of course, we'll write our own vows, each of which should end with "So say we all," natch. ;^) Which reminds me: isn't it nice to see the semi-colon enjoying something of a revival as the #2 emoticon? MTLB: [Put that thing away; you're embarrassing my fiancée!]
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