Semi colons

I was reading some discussions on some writing groups on LinkedIn the other day and found one about the use of the semi colon and whether it’s being replaced by the em-dash.

The discussion was sparked by Lionel Shriver’s May 2009 article Dashed Bad Form in Standpoint.

I love a semi colon, even if they are unfashionable. I admit I do frequently use an em-dash in emails but if I’m being honest with myself, it’s because I’m being lazy.