Wow. I just discovered your site while settling an argument with my roommate concerning the Oxford comma (and yes, it was prompted by the "Vampire Weekend" song). We were both English majors, so this sort of thing comes up regularly.
I, too, am a huge semicolon fan.
I'm not sure if you have posted about this yet and I just missed it, but I am very troubled by the growing trend of using quotation marks for emphasis. For example, I've seen signs in store windows where the product is in quotes. One sign that I recently saw said "ORANGES". Why the need for quotation marks?
I fear that this is merely the beginning....
It sounds like you'd enjoy The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.
I'm usually pretty sanguine about language change, but the rise of emphasis-quotes seems to come at the expense of my beloved scare quotes.
Thanks. I laughed "out loud".
This story has word nerds all a-flutter now, doesn't it? Has anyone seen the actual sign? The story in the NYT just had a picture of the semicolonist, er, semicolonialist, er, semicolonizer . . .
Language Log was on this story before it hit the NYT. Their first post included a picture of the ad.
The editor of a magazine I used to work for banned editorial staff from using semi-colons (in the publication, not in their private life). As such I have a special fondness for this particular punctuation mark.