Have you ever been typing an email and wondered if and when you should use a semicolon? Do you sometimes just stick it in the middle of a sentence and hope for the best? You're not alone. Semicolons are probably one of the most misused forms of punctuation on the planet.
A sort of hybrid between a comma and a colon, the semicolon is a magical little device that is actually quite useful, but usually not used correctly. So, what is it?
Essentially, the semicolon functions in two main ways: