Originally Posted by Rinelle Grey
Word is constantly telling me to use semicolons, but I'm not too fond of them. I generally try to find another way around them (like splitting the sentence, joining with another word etc). I think though, that they have their place, and I probably need to learn more about them!
The thought occurs to me that if you were not taught how to use a common punctuation symbol correctly when you were in your early years of school, that perhaps indicates a serious failing of the educational system. I would regard teaching children the correct use of punctuation as pretty basic education. Mind you, I see posts here every day from people who are obviously well-read, but who don't appear to know the difference between "its" and "it's", so perhaps such failings are common.