Within the deep, scholarly recesses of their hearts, college students dream of using the semi-colon.
When coming across one in a text, their hearts skip a beat. They yearn to steal it off the page and paste it into their essays to call it their own. They know, after all, that using a semi-colon is the epitome of suaveness, sophistication, and literal sexiness.
Tess M. Brandt currently teaches English reading, composition, and literature courses at Diablo Valley and Ohlone Community Colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area.