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By Parnell Thill
Notes from the Small Pond 



February 8, 2019

Unfake News: The colon is quickly falling out of favor and some linguists believe it will be all but extinct by 2050 or so. To geeks like me, this is very unfortunate, given the rich, bloody, confusing history of the mark. The “modern” use and construction of the colon, as we know it, was used most notably by the writer and philosopher, Aristophanes in about 300 BC. He (then everyone else) used it mostly to mark the end of a complete thought, which is to be followed by another, related one. This is different from the “period” as the latter indicated (and still does) a “full stop,...

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