Writing & Editing The right way to use a semicolon Semicolons may seem intimidating, but they’re not hard to use. Follow this helpful guide. By Kristin Long@KristinMLongAug. 9, 2011 SHARE The little punctuation mark only wants to make your life easier. To start using it correctly, take a look at this handy infographic from The Oatmeal. Before you know it, you’ll be using semicolons left and right. Correctly, of course. To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.