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Cecelia Watson
Historian and Philosopher of Science; Bard College Faculty in Language & Thinking; Author of Semicolon: The Past Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark.
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Dan Bouk Sep 19
Looking forward to teaching a first year seminar again so I can assign ⁦’s _Semicolon_⁩, a stylish book about loving language—a book that slyly teaches stylish writing and argues for why to care about language.
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Cecelia Watson Sep 17
Replying to @bibfame
This just jumped to the top of my list of second-edition emendations!
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Cecelia Watson Aug 28
Replying to @BCDreyer
He’s too busy screwing the pooch
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Malorie SS Aug 22
This was a riveting read, especially for a proponent of the semicolon. It addresses the politics of punctuation, sheds light on prescriptivism vs. descriptivism through historical context, and so much more. Loved every chapter. Thanks, , for this brilliant text.
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Cecelia Watson Aug 22
sent me a stack of beautiful bookmarks, and over the next couple weeks I’ll be leaving some in copies of the book for sale at my favorite NYC independent booksellers. First up: . You can find bookmarked and signed copies right up front!
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UChicago Magazine Aug 21
Half-comma, half-colon, all fun: a Q&A with , AM'05, PhD'11, who (literally) wrote the book on the semicolon.
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Cecelia Watson Aug 21
Replying to @AllOfItWNYC @hels
Wait, I could have said “fuck” with impunity yesterday? , I’m jealous. 😂
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Cecelia Watson Aug 21
Fastest forty minutes of my life! Thank you for having me, and thanks to everyone who called with questions and comments. It’s wonderful to know how many people are passionate about punctuation.
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Bob Flynn Aug 21
Oooooh. Just had a thought. Rules in art are nothing but a way of solidifying an institution. A form of academic elitism. A way of judging and restricting art. Thought inspired by a conversation I'm hearing right now on WBUR's about the academic 'rules' of grammar.
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Cecelia Watson Aug 20
I’ve never been so glad to be a terminally early person: I was able to catch both your fascinating interviews while waiting for my own turn in front of the mic.
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Cecelia Watson Aug 20
Thank you, for a really fun interview on today. And thank you to the people who called in to express love for the semicolon!
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Cecelia Watson Aug 17
Replying to @DanaRovang
This almost makes me want to start eating vegan cheese just to use this word. ALMOST.
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Cecelia Watson Aug 16
Replying to @geraldposner @BCDreyer
I’m so happy to hear this!
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Cecelia Watson Aug 16
My grandma spoke in Appalachian dialect; I was thinking of her beautiful and expressive way with words when I mentioned that type of English.
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Cecelia Watson Aug 16
Replying to @geraldposner @BCDreyer
Entertained though I am by ’s witty (as always!) response, I hope you get a chance to read the book, . It’s short, but extensively researched; & although I too enjoy reading style guides, there is ethical, social, & literary value in knowing their history.
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Cecelia Watson Aug 15
Love the ending!
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Kate Mooney Aug 14
Wrote about em dashes for ⁦⁩—you love to read it!
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Cecelia Watson Aug 13
PSA: Super Taste restaurant in NYC has both fantastic hand-pulled noodles and outstandingly semicoloned signage. 👍
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Cecelia Watson Aug 11
If you tell your kid(s) “STET!” when they aren’t going to get their way, you’re officially my hero
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Cecelia Watson Aug 11
...it seemed like a reasonable point to concede since my editor was wonderfully tolerant of my digging in my heels and stet-ing elsewhere!
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