From Columbia Journalism Review:

Just as colon the organ, um, moves things along, so does colon the punctuation mark. It signals to a reader that what follows is a list, an elaboration or definition, or something else that continues the thought. It says that what follows is so closely related to the first part of the sentence that a period is too abrupt, but not so close as a comma would indicate. In a driving metaphor, think of a colon as a tap on the brake before moving the car into a curve.

5 Comments

  1. Susan linde says:

    I read and re-read this post several times looking for the colon in the paragraph. One would expect the author to take the opportunity to show by example to help us out.

  2. Lisa Solomon says:

    Talking about colons:

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