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I prefer comma to the semi-colon in order to keep ... punctuation, e.g. "To err is human, to forgive is devine".

But the original is more commonly written: "To err is human: to forgive, divine." Well, it is by me any way.

That does not make any punctuation sense to me at all.
Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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But the original is more commonly written: "To err is human: to forgive, divine." Well, it is by me any way.

That does not make any punctuation sense to me at all.

Nor to me. I vote for the semi-colonised version.

Cheers, Harvey
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On 27 Jan 2005, Skitt wrote

That does not make any punctuation sense to me at all.

Nor to me. I vote for the semi-colonised version.

I don't get all this problematizing of the comma. It's the standard way of punctuating that kind of ellipsis. "My favourite colour is blue; my wife's, red." Quintin Hogg, though, got misunderstood by some clot at the BBC when he wrote that the simplest-minded Conservatives devoted their minds to "foxhunting; the wisest, religion." (Sorry I can't quote the whole thing verbatim, but the bit in quotation marks is accurate, I'm sure.)
Mike.
To err is human; to purr, feline.

To err is human; to moo, bovine.

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On 27 Jan 2005, Skitt wrote Nor to me. I vote for the semi-colonised version.

I don't get all this problematizing of the comma. It's the standard way of punctuating that kind of ellipsis.

I've got no problem at all with the comma I meant the colon/semi- colon in the middle.
The comma's fine.

Cheers, Harvey
Ottawa/Toronto/Edmonton for 30 years;
Southern England for the past 22 years.
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On 27 Jan 2005, Mike Lyle wrote

I don't get all this problematizing of the comma. It's the standard way of punctuating that kind of ellipsis.

I've got no problem at all with the comma I meant thecolon/semi- colon in the middle. The comma's fine.

Ah, sorry: poor reading.
Mike.
Then there is the programmer's saw of yesteryear, To err is human, but to really screw things up you need a computer

Only if you wanted to render it printable, in my experience.

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Yesterday I washed a single sock. When I opened the door, the machine was empty. Peter Moylan

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