The dash is the new semicolon
After a comment about dashes after the previous post, I'm inclined to share a pet peeve.
I recoil when two independent clauses are joined with a dash. It's a dash splice, like the comma splice we all learned to hate in junior high. If the comma splice is universally derided, can not the dash splice follow in its course?
Why "What happened was not very good -- we all just got a bit carried away"? What's wrong with making that two sentences?
And, the more I think about it, a lot of that talk in the Financial Times article I wrote about yesterday is poppycock. James Wolcott said: "The semicolon adds a note of formality, and informality has been all the rage for decades. 'Real' writing is butch and cinematic, so emphatic and declarative that it has no need of these rest stops or hinges between phrases."
We have lost a lot of our love for formality. But no need for "hinges between phrases"? You must be joking.
I'm starting to think that maybe dashes are the new semicolons.