TERRIBLE TOP TEN
A List of Very Annoying Language Misuses
"The fact that she's a young person makes it that much more unique."
Star News Services, The Windsor Star, Thursday April 19, 2007
I am going to run across that busy street irregardless of the consequences.
I am extremely flattered; I don't hardly know what to say.
Yous are going to think this is hilarious, but it is really pathetic.
A PUNCTUATION QUESTION
This question was sent to me yesterday: "Is there an improper use of the semi-colon?"
The semicolon can be used with two related sentences where there is no conjunction and where a comma would be grammatically incorrect: I love that girl; her name is Betsy.
Generally, a semicolon can be used in place of a conjunction but using a semicolon between unrelated sentences would be an incorrect usage. So too, it cannot be used in place of a colon.