An odd dream

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rulefan

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Last night I dreamt that Gemma from EG called in to talk about WHS. The only thing I remember about it is that she told me the WHS software would no longer support the use of the : (colon) symbol. !!!!!!
Apart from it being nonsense it made me wonder when did I last use a colon in written English.
When did you and why?
 

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I use them a lot at work when quoting, for example, the price requested is as follows:

1 x golf bag
£30

Whether technically correct or not I don't know but I get the colon used in the same way coming back so it seems to be acceptable.
 

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I use them a lot at work when quoting, for example, the price requested is as follows:

1 x golf bag
£30

Whether technically correct or not I don't know but I get the colon used in the same way coming back so it seems to be acceptable.
Colon used before a list is perfectly acceptable. In creating many stakeholder presentations I use colons a lot for lists, descriptions and explanations so quite frequently.
 

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Given that the use of colon is an inherent reference to the gruesome and shameful past related to Colon-isation. I think you should cancel your dream..
 

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that in the grand scheme of things I don't think Martin Luther King has a lot to worry about in terms of "I have a dream". :ROFLMAO:
 
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That is an odd dream and you need to take the following actions: get out more, play golf without keeping score and next time you lose a ball, put one down if no one is looking!

There you go, at the introduction of a list! :)
Might I be so bold as to suggest (because I don’t actually know) that the following might be alternative punctuation, the list being a list of clauses…maybe…? I’m not sure if the second comma should also be a semi-colon - perhaps it would be if the and was dropped.

following actions: get out more; play golf without keeping score, and next time you lose a ball, put one down if no one is looking!

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Surprised that the Forum pedant hasn't been on yet to present his views on the use of colons (and possibly semi colons) and accentuate his comments with totally unnecessary !!!!!!!'s. :whistle:
 
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