On pause

On Twitter today, a page on colons & semicolons as pause indicators:

I don’t know why you’d teach colons and semicolons as pause indicators, let alone why you’d represent punctuation signs as musical notation. To teach punctuation, teach the clause. 

That said, writers can and do use punctuation marks to create a pause when they want one:

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From Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves

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