We all know its function: to separate parts of a sentence “that need a more distinct break than a comma can signal, but that are too closely connected to be made into separate sentences.” Kurt Vonnegut though wanted to eschew them altogether.
“Do not use semicolons,” he said. “They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”
Read on to find how one devout fan of Vonnegut underwent semicolonectomy and years after recovered from it.