Hope everyone is having a great Saturday! Here’s your Word of the Day! 🙂
[ LEZ MAJ-uh-stee, LEEZ- ]
Definition: an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people.
Law. a. a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power. b. an offense that violates the dignity of a ruler.
an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people: Her speech against Mother’s Day was criticized as lese majesty.
“Little brother, if you’re going to commit lese majesty , never do it by messenger. I’d have to execute him too, and it’s wasteful.”
– Harry Turtledove, The Misplaced Legion , 1987
His father was what you call an agitator, and his father was in jail for lese majesty —what you call speaking the truth about the Emperor.
– Jack London, The Iron Heel , 1908
Semicolon With Conjunctive Adverbs
If there is a conjunctive adverb linking two independent clauses, you should use a semicolon. Some conjunctive adverbs are: moreover, nevertheless, however, otherwise, therefore, then, finally, likewise and consequently.
I needed to go for a walk and get some fresh air; also, I needed to buy milk.
Reports of the damage caused by the hurricane were greatly over-exaggerated; indeed, the storm was not a “hurricane” at all.
The students had been advised against walking alone at night; however, Cathy decided walking wasn’t dangerous if it was early in the evening.
I’m not all that fond of the colors of tiger-lilies; moreover, they don’t smell very good.
Semicolon With Conjunctions
Semicolons should not be used before a conjunction (and, but, yet, so) which connects two clauses. Use a comma instead.
Claudia is really into vocal music; but opera is one of her favourite types of music.
Both Claudia is really into vocal music and opera is one of her favourite types of music are independent clauses joined by the conjunction but. The semicolon should be replaced by a comma.
Mary went to the market; and she bought fresh peaches.
The semicolon is incorrectly used in this sentence. It could be replaced by a comma, or the conjunction could be removed.
Mary went to the market; she bought fresh peaches.
He has neither education; nor money.
This semicolon is separating the two conjunctions neither…nor. We could remove either the semicolon or the conjunctions.
He has no money; he has no education.