And that’s bad because…?


Semicolons do have some genuine shortcomings; Slate‘s founding editor, Michael Kinsley, once noted to the Financial Times
that "[t]he most common abuse of the semicolon, at least in journalism,
is to imply a relationship between two statements without having to
make clear what that relationship is." All journalists can cop to this:
The semicolon allows woozy clauses to lean on each other like drunks
for support.

I sincerely doubt that laziness is behind the use of the semicolon.  As for obfuscation, I doubt that your average journalist would strain his/herself to hide the implied meaning with a semicolon.  They’d probably just state the opposite.  Or drop in some dramatic graphics/sound effects.

I do like that last line, though. 


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