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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.)
Need a goddess: I got goddesses! Post a comment or email me and explain what you need or want a goddess for; check back in a week or two and see what you got.