The demise of the semicolon, alas!

[PANIC ALERT TO ENGLISH MAJORS!] In an article for Slate, Paul Collins ponders the demise of the semicolon in modern writing and looks at its history from the ancient Greeks, through the Middle Ages, to Edgar Allan Poe's irritation about the lowly mark's overuse.

Use of the punctuation mark has waxed and waned throughout history, at times nearly disappearing, so the modern appearance of the semicolon only as a wink in an emoticon can be expected.