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The decline of the semicolon, in one chart

Admittedly, the novels examined in the chart above by Tyler Vigen might not be representative of English literature as a whole. Jane Austen is known for using semicolons, while Stephenie Meyer is not; perhaps their contemporaries used the punctuation mark more or less avidly than those two novelists, in which case the choice of these two books as endpoints could skew the overall trend.

Max Ehrenfreund | May 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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