Tattoo Fail (Semicolon misuse)

by Craig Shrives

Tattoo Fail (Semicolon misuse)

The tattoo below ("Beware; for I am fearless; and therefore powerful.") fails because:
  • The semicolons have been used incorrectly.

Read more about semicolons.

Seriousness of the Mistake (Summary)

This tattoo scores 10/15 as a tattoo fail. (See below.)

Seriousness of the Mistake (Detail)

How bad is the grammar or spelling?
1: It is not considered a mistake by everyone.
2: It is a technical mistake.
3: It is a basic mistake.
Grade: 2
How obvious is the bad grammar or spelling?
1: It will be spotted by pedants only.
2: Most people will know it's a mistake.
3: Virtually everyone will know it's a mistake.
Grade: 2
How visible is the tattoo?
1: It will be hidden most of the time.
2: It can be hidden easily.
3: It will be hard to keep hidden.
Grade: 3
How easily could the tattoo be corrected?
1: It could be corrected easily without any obvious signs of the edit.
2: It could be corrected but the edit would be noticeable.
3: It cannot be corrected without removal.
Grade: 2
What is the quality of the tattoo?
1: It is high quality.
2: It is fair quality.
3: It is low quality.
Grade: 1

Don't Mess It Up!

See Also

Run-on errors What are semicolons? List of tattoo fails due to bad grammar or spelling