11/16/11

Goddess of the Week: Seshat

Seshat is the ancient Egyptian goddess of reco...
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Nan, an English teacher, requests a goddess of semi colons.

Oh, Nan, I feel your pain.  Were that I had a dollar for every misplaced semi colon that I read.  Personally, I blame grammar check, which seems to want to sprinkle semi colons in the most inappropriate places.  But that's different conversation.  We are looking for goddesses; and I think I found you one.

To Nan, I give Seshat.  Seshat was an Egyptian goddess.  She invented writing, so I think we have to lay all responsibility for punctuation on her doorstep.  I certainly know that if it were up to me I would have nipped semi colons right in the bud.  They really have no use.  You can just as easily get by with a period or a comma/conjunction combo.  But goddesses have their ways, and--being that they all tend to be drama queens--they usually lean toward excess, hence semi colons and beehive hairdos.

Seshat was called "Mistress of the House of Books," which sounds like the title of an Isabel Allende novel.  I would totally read it.  It would be about this librarian and all the townspeople who hate her because she owns all the book.  Wait.  I think that's The Music Man.

Channel this goddess: When grading papers, when writing papers, when wondering if you should use that exclamation point.  (You should.)


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20 comments:

Carrie Rosalind said...

Oh, how I love my semi-colons! And I think I have a favorite new goddess - Seshat is awesome! :)

Joanne said...

Hm, does Seshat work with fiction? Can I channel her as my semi-colon checker (kind of like a spell-checker) for my latest manuscript edit?

Bec said...

Just what I needed . . . my students are doing peer review while I type and I just added a semi-colon to a run-on sentence on a poster someone put up in this classroom.

Olga said...

A goddess for semi-colons. That is rich. I have noticed that there is not neutral position when it comes to semi-colons.

Desiree said...

Okay, Nan and Margaret: I shall confess to waiting for the first commenter valiant enough to brave the sacred semi-colon!

Petrea Burchard said...

I love semicolons. They're subtle. A period's just as good, maybe, but maybe not. It has a different nuance.

altadenahiker said...

This is about me, right? I'm nothing but a constant tangle of semi colons and dashes. Bite; me --

altadenahiker said...

just... (I like ellipses, too.)

Petrea Burchard said...

No: Hiker, you once told me you don't like ellipses; I'm constantly worried about using them in your presence (but we both like parentheses).

Shell Sherree said...

I punctuate to excess. I love some visual flourishes, dashes and embellishments ~ and cannot resist the lure of an excited punctuation mark {and parentheses}!

... daisy... said...

Lovely post and I found the one about Hecate. :-)

altadenahiker said...

Not true. What I hate are exclamation points. (Ellipsis comes from Ancient Greek and means "Falling short." Isn't that lovely...)

Margaret said...

AH: You say that just to spite me!!! I am offended! Offended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daisy said...

Seshat would be good for bloggers too! Lots of !!!'s not too many ;;;'s

Susan Campisi said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one fond of the semi-colon. On another note, is that a pot leaf sticking out of Seshat's head? Is that to get the creative juices flowing? I should try that. I haven't written in weeks.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

gads - it must pain you to wade through my literary musings

Pasadena Adjacent said...

pot lief sheltered by a tit - good catch Susan

Bert said...

I would like to add my 2 cents. Seshat is also an "aspect" of Thoth/Tehuti and Maat. Seshat is the sister of Maat, and she used to represent the more mundane side of Maat relating to wealth. abundance and prosperity. Somewhere down the line she was "demoted" to a female aspect of Thoth as just a the letter writer and NOT a goddess wisdom but she is in fact the teacher of Thoth.

Margaret said...

HI Bert: Your two cents are much appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

Shanna said...

In drawing, an ellipse is a circle drawn in perspective. It is the shape made by the top of a wine glass, for example, when seen at a tilt. It may be as hard for me to draw one accurately as it is to stop using ellipses...!!!