I asked my students to write the “most surprising thing they’ve learned about writing this semester” on their weekly notecards this week. Many of them wrote of how they thought they were a good writer until they took the class and discovered all the things they were never taught before; others wrote that they never thought of writing as something they liked doing until they took the class. (Both of those comments are immensely satisfying, as a teacher.)
But my favorite (excerpt) was:
Semicolons save lives.
The students who sit in the back row also drew hearts on theirs in pink highlighter. I don’t know whether to be amused or disturbed. I choose the former.