If you come across a wrist tattooed with a semicolon, don’t write the person off as a grammar dweeb or unstable weirdo. The decorated individual is merely expressing that his life … much like a sentence … almost ended, but didn’t. The Semicolon Movement on Tumblr was created “for anyone who has ever self-harmed, has a personality disorder, or has tried to commit suicide,” according to its webpage.
This peculiar punctuation is being used as a sign of hope, a symbol that connotes the possibility of new beginnings after a long, awkward, and painful pause.
For example, the first Tumblr post is entitled, “I Will Beat This,” and says, “I am borderline anorexic bulimic. I have self-harmed. I have wanted to die many times. My sentence never ended. I am a freshman in high school.” Images of tattooed semi-colons and other personal blog posts fill the page.
There is also…
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