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    spelling: 'semicolon' or 'semi-colon'

    Hello.

    I have a spelling doubt, 'semicolon'/ 'semi-colon' : are both words accepted; is one of them BE and the other AE;or ...

    Can you help me, please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: spelling: 'semicolon' or 'semi-colon'

    Quote Originally Posted by MariaTeresa View Post
    I have a spelling doubt, 'semicolon'/ 'semi-colon' : are both words accepted; is one of them BE and the other AE;
    How many times a year do you actually have to write the word? Stop worrying; if you get it wrong, it's not exactly the end of the world.

    Just to be a little more unhelpful, the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary has semi-colon, but the Concise Oxford Dictionary has semicolon. If two authoritative dictionaries from the same authoritative publisher can't agree, why should we worry?

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    Re: spelling: 'semicolon' or 'semi-colon'

    Hi fivejedjon

    I have both feet on the ground. Therefore, a spelling doubt is just what it is, a spelling doubt; never the end of the world. But I was curious about it, anyway. Thank you for your answer.

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    Re: spelling: 'semicolon' or 'semi-colon'

    Quote Originally Posted by MariaTeresa View Post
    Hello.

    I have a spelling doubt, 'semicolon'/ 'semi-colon' : are both words accepted; is one of them BE and the other AE;or ...

    Can you help me, please? Thank you in advance.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Maria Teresa,


    I am 99.99% confident in saying that Americans spell the word

    without a hyphen. Using a hyphen would make it stand out too

    much and attract unneeded attention. If you are writing for an

    American audience, I respectfully suggest that you write it as

    semicolon.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    P.S. I checked the books that newspaper reporters use as a

    guide to spelling and punctuation. They all instruct reporters

    to forget the hyphen.

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