Weekend Workshop Saturday Edition

Colons. Say What?

According to Jeff Anderson in Everyday Editing, colons:

-can introduce lists. (ahhhh)

-colons emphasize to the reader that something important will follow.

-A colon can also introduce a complete sentence.

Don’t confuse the semicolon with the colon. The semicolon is used to join separate sentences we want to join without a coordinating conjunction.

Examples from Anderson.

Reluctantly, one by one, Hugo pulled out dozens of objects: screws and nails and bits of metal, gears and crumpled playing cards, tiny pieces of clockworks, cogs, and wheels. -Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Before I do anything else, I need to go back over everything that has happened this summer: the Big Mistake, the old man, the book, the lamp, the telescope, and this box, which started it all. -Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

The deputy told me to empty my pockets: two quarters, a penny, a stick of bubble gum, and a roll of grip tape for my skateboard. -Carl Hiaasen, Flush

A dash can do the same job as a colon. You can use a dash whenever you please, there are not the same rules that surround the colon.

Tune in tomorrow for some exercises surrounding the colon.

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