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Have you ever come across a semicolon;? It’s an unassuming punctuation mark that is used to join two related ideas. It links clauses and aims to tell the reader that what follows after it is closely related to the thought written before it; however, it means so much more than just its intended purpose.
You probably have come across it on social media. There are people who get a semicolon tattoo, often on their wrists. Those who don’t want permanent ink choose to buy jewelry that shows a semicolon. This movement was part of a large mental health campaign called Project Semicolon. Their website states: “A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life,”.